“The Tiny Sirko Show”

“The Tiny Sirko Show”

Here’s the trailer for the new show I co-created with director/producer Stuart Wilson. We wrote the pilot, in which I appear opposite a hugely talented cast of fellow standups. Part sitcom, part talk show, “The Tiny Sirko Show” could be described as a testament to self-expression through psychosis. Everyone is nuts. It’s the mad leading the insane. In “The Tiny Sirko Show,” frustrated entrepreneur Titus Stanalonis reinvents himself as Tiny Sirko, a Ukrainian little person and poet fighting for creative and personal freedom. While this new persona further complicates Titus’s already-dysfunctional relationships, “Tiny” engages with the world in a way his creator never had. Recalling “The Larry Sanders Show,” each sitcom episode includes a talk show segment in which Tiny interviews real life artists, influencers and politicos. We’ve also created a stage show blending poetry, observation, anecdotes and song. Featured in the show are ten original musical pieces created by Stu and I in collaboration with composers Mel Elias and Wagner Fulco of Wava Studios. The album, “Tiny’s First Steps”, is available on CDbaby. And this is Tiny Sirko’s personal blog. So much fun creating all this content. Psyched about this project. Stay tuned!!                  ...
20 Years to Kill

20 Years to Kill

I never dreamed I would be the subject of a documentary short. I assumed a feature would be more appropriate. So think of this more as a teaser for the next 20 years… Directed and produced by Warren Lam. 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… Some audiences take their sobriety – and mine – very seriously… I performed this song live and some people wanted to turn it into a video. Mad thanks to Jordan Brady and Justo Diaz… A short Voiceover reel, if you’re into that sort of thing… Here’s a sneak peek at the pilot for TUPCOC, my new sitcom/talk show hybrid:...
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...
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...