I’m an only child so I was the whole ball of wax. In many ways, I was my parents’ life. My parents tried to have more children but couldn’t, but I was never privy to why they couldn’t. My mother was a very nervous woman. Asking her why she was so nervous made her even more nervous. She’d often say things like, “I’m a nervous wreck.” “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat.” And, of course, “Nobody cares about me.” Sorry to say I believe she really felt that no one cared. She never saw how charmed her life was. Living always seemed to be a chore for her. My mother was much more worried about my safety than my father. When I’d walk from one room to another, she’d tell me to call her when I got there. When I was in the bathroom, she’d ask me half a dozen times if I was all right. My father would yell, “Did you fall in?” When my mother made soup, even if it wasn’t hot, she did everything short of putting a warning label on the bowl reminding me not to burn my delicate tongue. If my mother served fish, she’d […]
***This is the New York Times profile piece in which I am quoted. Well worth reading if you want to learn about standup.*** Jerry Seinfeld began his commute after dinner, in no particular hurry. Around quarter to 8 on a drizzly Tuesday, he left his Manhattan home — a palatial duplex apartment with picture windows and a broad terrace overlooking Central Park — and made for a nearby garage. Due to tell jokes at a comedy club downtown, he decided to drive what he calls his “city car”: a 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Stepping into the garage, he tugged a thick fabric cover from the car. The interior was a pristine matte black, and the paint job was a startlingly luminous azure. “It’s called Mexico blue — a very traditional Porsche color,” Seinfeld said. “In the ’70s it looked normal, but now it looks insane.” His hair, flecked with gray, was buzzed almost to the scalp, and he was dressed in light- blue Levi’s, a navy knit polo and a dark wool blazer. Seinfeld, who once said he wore sneakers long into adulthood “because it reminds me I don’t have a job,” has lately grown partial to Nike Shox, […]
Thursday night we went to see Jerry Seinfeld at the SkyPac in Bowling Green. We had such a fun time! It was our first time at the SkyPac and it’s such fabulous place! I’m totally getting season tickets. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. If you live close to Southern KY it’s definitely worth checking out. HERE is their schedule of performances for the rest of the year. So back to Seinfeld. He was hilarious and Mark Schiff, the comedian who opened up for him was equally hilarious. So if you’re into the stand up thing, I can tell you that Jerry Seinfeld is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Jerry: “wives complain all the time that their husbands are bad listeners. My wife has never said that about me. At least I’ve never heard her say that. She may have said it, but I’ve never heard her say it.” There ya go. He’s just funny.
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Booking a comedian and putting on a comedy show can be a great idea for an entertaining fundraiser or event. But if you’re new to the world of comics, finding the right comedian to perform at your show can be rather challenging. Comics are not a one-size-fits-all solution; there are a wide range of comedy styles, even within the realm of stand-up comedy. Comedy consultant Gail Stocker, owner of a Los Angeles-based firm called Gail A. Stocker Presents specializes in helping clients to find the right comedian for their event or happening. She offered a few tips to individuals who are looking for tips on how to book a comedian and put on a comedy show. “First of all, get all your technical requirements down….If you have questions, ask them,” Stocker explained, adding, “[The technicians are] all there to make the show easier, to make the show better. You need professional sound so you can hear the comic. You need professional lighting so you can see the comic. You need a stage so people can look up to the comic. And you want to arrange the audience so they’re seated as close as possible to the stage and you want […]
By Joan Brunwasser I’ve been doing private events and touring with Jerry Seinfeld. I was at Caesar’s Palace with him a few times in the last couple of years. It’s a great gig. Private jets and five-star hotels. One of the things I’m most proud of is that I work clean. There is no cursing in my act. I can’t tell you how many people appreciate that. The play is also a rare bird these days. There is, I think, one curse word in 90 pages. :::::::: My guest today is long-time comedian and playwright Mark Schiff. Welcome to OpEdNews, Mark. JB: You’ve just finished your second play, MARRIAGE IS A BOUT. What can you tell us about it? MS: My first play, THE COMIC, I wrote by myself. This one, I wrote with Steve Shaffer. He is a standup comic also as well as an actor. We have been writing this play for almost ten years. It wasn’t until last year that we physically started to get together and work on it. We did almost all of it over the phone and on our computers. We would sometimes talk seven hours a day on our cell phones. Thank God […]
If you’re looking for weird, wacky or shocking comedy, look elsewhere. Mark Schiff, a comic whose success spans decades, offers clean, witty, relatable humor. “I’m a straight-forward, stand-up comedian with a lot of observations on family life, growing up, parents and grandparents, marriage, raising kids,” he says.