Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I am available to host/emcee, or appear as a featured speaker or entertainer at ANY type of event, festival, affair, or party. Material is written for each occasion. Material is G-Rated to XX-Rated depending on your needs. All material is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-offensive.
If you're buyin', I'm flyin.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I have performed at all of the Major Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles, as well, as a few music festivals, rap concerts (as a rapper), birthdays, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, convalescent and senior living homes.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Calmly is the hardest business in the world. Aside from the struggle to find work, Comedians must constantly be upping their game. In other words, working out, creating new material, and developing their act.
What makes comedy the hardest, is that every audience is different, and their attention can disappear, they can be distracted, or worse, some just may not like you.
If you don't have a lot of material and the ability to change gears at a moments notice, you can easily, as we say, bomb. A good comedian has lots of material, pays attention to his audience, and his professional at all times.
I have an extensive improvisation background, stemming back to the early 80s when I used to do one or two hours of improvisation with Robin Williams every week in San Francisco for 2 years. This fantastic training has allowed me to always be on the edge, and always creating new material, mostly on the spot as it happens
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Be sure the person you are hiring is capable of working YOUR event. For comedians, they should be able to deliver material that will work for THAT crowd, and be able to keep the crowd happy for the full allotted time required, without offending anyone.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am different from other comedians as all of my shows are created on the spot and based around the audience. I respond to anything that happens in the room, as it happens, and incorporated into my act. Being a cute, little old guy, does allow me a lot of room to push my luck on stage. in almost 40 years as a professional standup, I have never offended anyone, although in some clubs, I have tried very hard. The bottom line is, the audience can tell that I love what I do, and I love the fact that they are there laughing at me.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the fact that I get to travel, and appear in front of all types of people wherever I go. As every audience is different, it is always a challenge to find what it takes to make them laugh. I have had hundreds of people come up to me after my shows and thanked me for making them laugh, and even changing their lives, even if it is just for a short time. I have played to children, and adults up to 107 years old and nothing will ever replace the feeling of watching them laugh and smile.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do I know your are right for my event? I will send you links to previous events so you can make an educated decision.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. When I was a 10-year-old Cub Scout, I was on a children's show. While Gine London drew pictures on his big easel, I was given his chimpanzee to hold. It had a very large lollipop in his hand and stuck it in my hair. While it was trying to pull it out of my hair, and my head was bouncing all around, I just stood there and held it like nothing was going on. The audience was laughing like crazy. At that point I knew I wanted to be an entertainer. I eventually developed a sense humor and became known as The Comedian. All my life people said to me, you should be a comedian. Then in 1974, I went to the Crazy Horse Saloon in Barrington, New Jersey, entered a talent contest and got up and sang a crazy version of Eleanor Rigby in Jerry Lewis's voice while I played an electric guitar. I won the contest and walk out with big-money. A few weeks later I took a stand up comedy course in Philadelphia, and began doing standup in March of that year. Now I have the best job ever..
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I perform standup comedy or my improvised narrational karaoke every night.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. to become a comedian, you need to be comfortable on stage, and that material. I have had over 100 students and I always tell them to start out with real-life stories that are funny, every time you tell them to anyone. This way you don't have to worry about remembering it or writing it. You go to open mics, get up and do your time, and hopefully have videotaped it. Then you watch it to see what you did to make it funny. People remember personalities more than they remember material. You need to work on your timing which means listening to the audience, developing your material, and getting stage time. Most comics do not get any paid work until after their 1000th open mic performance. all in all, there is nothing like the emotional feedback that you get from a laughing audience. Jerry Seinfeld, who was making USD1 million per episode, gave that up to go back to live standup because it is more exciting.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is my ability to adapt to any situation and find the right material to make any audience laugh.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I get up every night somewhere, and make people laugh, whether at a comedy club were comedy venue 3 to 5 times a week, or creating my Narrational Improvisational songs at karaoke bars around Los Angeles. either way, I am out every night, pushing myself to be funnier, more relevant, and stretching my brain to be stronger and faster. As far as my rapping ability, I've been challenged almost 30 times by many young men. I've even participated in some professional rap battles. As no one does what I do, which is described what the audience is doing as they are doing it, I have never lost a battle.