20 Years to Kill

20 Years to Kill

Sometimes, a bit pops into your head so you do it once, and while it kills, that’s as good as it’s ever gonna get. Here’s a minidoc, Chris Walken buying cheese in bulk, and more…

I Gigged in Jamaica?

I Gigged in Jamaica?

At a birthday party, my friend Shlomy takes me aside and in his hushed, selfless, sweetly conspiratorial manner barely says, “I know how busy you are but Jamaica next monf, brother?” These days, I can’t go anywhere unless it’s a gig. The amazing thing about Jamaica is there’s no Laugh Factory or Improv in sight, which is also the bad news, I tell Shlomz. He’s too kind to point out that I’m not booked ANYWHERE the week he’s talking about. But fuck him, that’s beside the point. “We’ll find a show,” says Isack, the chief negotiator for our crew. Isack is an attorney but like Tom Hagen in The Godfather he only represents one client – us. So his word is good enough for me. The toughest part of being a road comic – well, okay, ONE of the toughest things – is finding comfortable lodging. So when we walked into Travellers in Negril, more than half the battle was already won. I mean, look at the lobby and check out the grand piano (site of my unofficial third gig)! Not a pricey place, by any means, and family-owned (shout out to Winthrope and the Wellington family, mon!), but SO awesome… We went directly to the swim-up bar and frankly from there it would have been easy to forget I was a comic (especially a road comic who NEEDS gigs). But my crew did NOT forget. Now, we arrived on a Sunday and had a line on a few venues up the glorious 7-mile beach (if this sounds like a travel review, great – hire me to write travel reviews). The...

Sonny Swing

Sonny Swing is a one-of-a-kind showman, a tuxedo-ed crooner never at a loss for stories about his famous “friends”. Does he really know these people? Or is it a case of happy delusion? Either way, it makes for a wildly entertaining show. Like the man himself, Sonny’s songs are ageless: in his hands, a hit from today becomes classic, and an oldie is new again. Some are parodies, while others amuse merely because Sonny rarely gets through a song without interrupting himself to tell another story. Whether it’s a show tune or a Top 40 hit, the musical numbers are the rich filling in a cake layered with moist and creamy social satire, each song connecting the dots from one celeb story to another, until we are no longer sure what’s real and what isn’t. Sonny makes everyone in the audience feel special, and his off-the-cuff banter makes each show unique. When all is said and sung, all we know for sure is that – real or imagined – Sonny’s world is a helluva place to be. Inquire...
A Woman with 3 Nuts

A Woman with 3 Nuts

NEXT PERFORMANCE: Saturday, June 7, 2014 Where: The Back Room of the Pig ‘n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Showtime: 10:00pm sharp (doors open to live music at 9pm) $10 cover Full bar and dinner menu No minimum. No maximum. 2/3 Peter Pan, 1/3 Responsible Adult, Hersh Rephun calls on personal experience – along with characters, impressions, and the support of musician Brian Francis – to traverse the choppy seas of religion, relationships, parenthood, race relations, self-indulgence and mommy issues in the span of one hour. Tiffany King has a strong sense of self. She can charm and disarm audiences with a look, a word – or an unexpected burst of song. And that charm comes in handy whether Tiffany is sharing intimate truths about her Texas upbringing, her marriage or new motherhood. Tiffany and Hersh – who have performed (together and apart) at such venues as The Ice House, The Comedy Store, Flappers, Hot Latina Comedy and StandUp NY – draw on her Latina heritage and his Miami roots to entertain you til the last wheel comes off…and at this show – in the back room of the Pig ‘n Whistle – it always does. NOTE: Seating is first-come first-serve so please arrive early! You’ll want to regret this from the beginning. Hersh Tiffany Brian Hersh & Tiffany Tiffany &...
Marriage Equality & Hersh’s Rainbow Connection

Marriage Equality & Hersh’s Rainbow Connection

Here’s an interview from the Raging Artists blog: “My comedy comes from the things that make me cry,” explains Hersh Rephun about the source of his “Rainbow Connection” parody, featured in a YouTube video produced by Jordan Brady. “If I could write sad and beautiful music, this would be a much more serious video about marriage equality and finally being on the right side of history. Instead, it has muppets getting divorced.” For Hersh, the choice of “Rainbow Connection” has as much to do with song itself as the apt title. “I’ve been a huge fan of the song by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher since I was a kid watching ‘The Muppet Movie’ and the message of unity was already there,” Hersh relates. There’s a deeper connection, too. “I knew at 7 years old that I was different, that I was an entertainer. That’s what a gay or lesbian person feels. All we want is to be accepted and loved for who we are.” Of the vocal, he notes, “I do impressions, but it’s always gotta be in the context of a story or an idea. I didn’t even know I could do Kermit’s voice until I had something for him to say.” Hersh began performing the parody onstage about a month ago, and the idea for the video came from Brady, a director, who was in the audience when Hersh headlined at Saba Sushi June 27. “Witnessing Hersh perform the parody live, I thought this gem needed to be shared with a larger audience,” Brady says. “Hersh’s support of equality, woven with comedic criticism of all marriage...

Hersh in Smithereens January 25, 2014!

“I am working with a NEW producer who specializes in crossover entertainment,” says entertainer Hersh Rephun, who is attempting to translate his hit Berlin musical comedy extravaganza into a Hollywood stage production. “He successfully made Hans Schlubershteindel a household name here in the US and I’m confident he’ll do the same for me!” Does this mean Hersh’s plans for a large-scale production are being scaled back? Hardly. “The shortest distance between two points is a bridge,” says Hersh, adding that it’s more about the type of entertainment he’s bringing to the iconic Pig ‘N Whistle. “I have to give American audiences what they want: Who needs the Wiener Philharmoniker when you can have Kanye West or some other reality star??” In addition to a Kanye-like attraction, joining Hersh on this go-round are standout comics Jordan Brady (“I Am Comic”) and Michael Blaustein (every college in America). Special guest and offspring Menachem Rephun (Flappers, Cozy Comedy) will also appear. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 Where: The Back Room of the Pig ‘n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Showtime: 10:30pm sharp (doors open to live music at 10pm) $10 cover. Full bar and dinner menu No minimum. No maximum NOTE: Seating is first-come first-serve so please arrive early! You’ll want to regret this from the beginning. Check out Hersh’s video and press...

“Hersh in Smithereens” January 18, 2014!

“If we don’t get it right tonight, it will be someone else’s fault,” states world-renowned entertainer and producer Hersh Rephun, attempting to bring his elaborate musical comedy show from Berlin to LA. “Everyone knows that with comedy and world wars, the 3rd time’s the charm.” WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2014 WHERE: The Pig ‘N Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA SHOWTIME: 9:30pm COVER: $10 In spite of two chaotic prior performances, Hersh has been given a chance to set things right with one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues, the Pig ‘n Whistle. Rather than exhaust their talents and energy, Hersh and his team rested over the holidays. “You never want to work out ALL the kinks,” he explains. “A little kinky is good.” Of his previous two Hollywood performances, Hersh comments, “I apologize for the disorganization, and, especially, for losing my temper. It was 1000% my responsibility to maintain decorum – even if the soundman was confused and inadequate.” The January 18 show will feature: Emcee Greg Buckman (HaHa Comedy Cafe) (nervous about opening the show but has almost 2 weeks to practice) The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (16 of 32 players – and 7 instruments – have ALREADY arrived!) Renowned standup comic Tony Montana (and his little friend) Guest Comic Jessica Michelle Singleton (Montreux Comedy Festival) (romantic entanglements pending) New soundman Hersh Rephun (Ice House, Comedy Store, Standup NY) (or fragments thereof) NOTE: This is an intimate venue, so please arrive on time. Seats are first-come first-serve and YOU WILL WANT TO REGRET THIS SHOW FROM THE...
Last Show of 2013: Hersh Rephun in Smithereens

Last Show of 2013: Hersh Rephun in Smithereens

The most elaborate comedy show in the world returns December 28, 2013! “This time will be better!” says world-renowned entertainer and producer Hersh Rephun. Hersh has been given a chance to set things right with one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues, the Pig ‘n Whistle, and confirming everything in advance guarantees that virtually nothing can go wrong! The show will feature: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (visas permitting) Hersh Rephun (Ice House, Comedy Store, Standup NY) (or fragments thereof) The San Diego Zoo (transport pending) Christine Little (Limestone Comedy Festival) (at press time) Renowned standup comic Tony Montana (and his little friend) Jessica Michelle Singleton (Montreux Comedy Festival) (international flight scheduled) a 10:00pm start time (no makeup, base and blush only) a $10 cover (confirmed) address 6714 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA (Since 1927) NOTE: This is an intimate venue, so please arrive on time. Seats are first-come first-serve and YOU WILL WANT TO REGRET THIS SHOW FROM THE...
Standup Comedy: Funny Mulattos September 12, 2013

Standup Comedy: Funny Mulattos September 12, 2013

What is a “Funny Mulatto”? It’s a comedy cocktail that ain’t quite white, ain’t quite black – ain’t quite a latte – and nothing tastes quite like it. We’re bringing it to Sal’s Comedy Hole on September 12, when Hersh Rephun and AJ Starr topline a show featuring Eric Alegria, Ryan Clark, Jamal Irving, and emcee Keith Michael Ashton. Both AJ and Hersh recently headlined at The Ice House’s Stage 2, and this crew has opened for big-name acts, toured like champions and made people laugh even when they didn’t wanna. If you’re into the whole literal thing, this libation is derived from “Mulatto,” a term used to refer to a person of mixed African and European ancestry, or more broadly, a person of any “mixed” ancestry.* Our show is just that, so there ya go. Of course, we’re illiteral, so we’re serving this up figurative. Where: Sal’s Comedy Hole, 7356 Melrose Ave (At Fuller), Los Angeles, CA 90048 When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 Time: 9pm Cover: $5, two item minimum For reservations: (323) 651-3822 Tonight, we stand before YOU with our bare faces hanging out, converting adversity into comedy and celebrating the stage – the last bastion of free speech. There’s no place better to do this than the Hole, a throwback to the outlaw comedy of the 50s, 60s and 70s. *source:...