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

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

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...

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:...

Hersh Rephun @ Saba Sushi – August 1, 2013

On the heels of a standing room only performance in June and an appearance at The Ice House in July, Hersh Rephun (The Comedy Store, TheImprovNetwork Channel) returns for more Comedy in the Raw at Saba Sushi! Through his unique mix of characters, impressions, storytelling and music, Hersh slices and dices his already splintered personality for your amusement. WHEN: Thursday, August 1, 2013 TIME: 8:00PM WHERE: Saba Sushi, 7160 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood TICKETS: No cover. One item minimum. No maximum. Reservations STRONGLY suggested. 323-936-7222 In preparation for his Fall Comedy Tour, Hersh headlines and Mike Citera (Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory) emcees this special showcase featuring Eric Alegria (Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, 420 Comedy) and a few more of the hardest-working standups in LA: Jason Rennebu (Cozy Comedy), B.J. Courchaine (opening act for Nick Swardson, Louie Anderson, Bone Thugs N Harmony), Menachem Rephun (Flappers, Cozy Comedy), and A.j. Starr (headliner at The Comedy Store and The Ice...

Hersh Rephun Comedy in the Raw @ Saba Sushi June 27

Experience comedy in the raw when Hersh Rephun (The Ice House, The Comedy Store, TheImprovNetwork Channel) headlines this special showcase at Melrose hotspot Saba Sushi! Emceed by Chicago standup guy Eric Alegria (Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker), featuring Andie Bolt (NBC’s Parks and Rec, UCB) and Christine Little (Limestone Comedy Festival, opening act for Bobby Lee), this is a night for unsafe comedy, the slaughtering of sacred cows and the serving of kosher sushi with some sake for sake’s sake. And, of course, the slicing and dicing of Hersh’s already splintered personality via colorful characters from all walks of life… WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2013 TIME: 8:00PM WHERE: Saba Sushi, 7160 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood TICKETS: No cover. One item minimum. No maximum. Reservations suggested. 323-936-7222 [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/62818619″ iframe=”true”...