When Joe Sib and Bill Armstrong co-founded SideOneDummy in 1995, the odds of success were slim. They were standing up to established punk labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords, signing bands as a way to release music they enjoyed.
“When Bill [Armstrong] and I started [SideOneDummy], everyone told us not to,” Sib says. “The direct quote was, ‘You’re not Brett Gurewitz.'”
After more than 20 years and hugely successful signings — including the likes of Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Madcap and more — SideOneDummy stands as a peer in the community. This year, at Fest 14, Sib performed as a peer in a different group: stand-up standup comedy.
Sib gave forth from the headliner spot Sunday afternoon, after a string of well-known comics like Chris Gethard and Jo Firestone. Another performer and co-host, former Nebraskan Ian Douglas Terry caught up with Sib immediately after the show for Hear Nebraska. In the newest episode of Crossfade, the two comics chatted about the long-term success of SideOneDummy and why everything from Allison Weiss‘s performance to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty makes Sib sob uncontrollably.