Branded Standup Tours: Road dog eats the fame bug

Branded Standup Tours: Road dog eats the fame bug

I get a call this week from a friend of mine who runs a “challenger brand”, asking if I’ll head up a comedy tour for them. A challenger brand is a brand that may be popular in its native market but needs help competing with the big boys. I say yes, of course. I’m already well into my “20 Years to Kill” tour, which started this past November and runs through my retirement from standup on November 15, 2035. So, technically, the tour is in progress as we speak. I tell that to my friend, who says, “Hersh, I love you. But this isn’t the fame bug calling.” Ouch. With that statement, he’s explaining that by “head up” he means “put together” and he’s telling me that I’m not headlining this tour. Meaning, he’s not calling to make me the next Kevin Hart. “Look, brother,” I tell him, “I’m almost 49. I’m the same age as Will Fucking Ferrell (that said, I’m a year younger than Chris Rock, the elder statesman of standup…and a dozen years younger than Grandpa Jerry). If I’m not Kevin Hart Famous by now, I’m not gonna worry about it. The fame bug is not an issue. And anyway,” I continue, “I’m not seeking fame. I’m a craftsman. I’m a comic’s comic.” A beat, during which I can kind of hear my friend take some air in. Phone etiquette demands that I give him a few seconds to let it out. Which he does. Slowly, and with the hint of a groan. “Really?” he asks. “Which comic?” Now, I have a lot of clever friends....

Hersh Rephun Comedy: TransMental

Back in LA for the first performance of my new show, “TransMental”, with special guest Jason Rennebu. Doors open 9:30 to live music, mayhem erupts 10pm sharp. Full dinner menu. Full bar. No Minimum. No...
“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!!                  ...
Valentine’s with Hersh: Get the Boom Clap*

Valentine’s with Hersh: Get the Boom Clap*

Valentine’s Day is special!! You need to go out and make a night of it! And I need to be onstage entertaining you instead of being home fighting with my wife. This year, I’ll be in LA headlining a special show at one of my favorite venues, Hollywood’s iconic Pig ‘n Whistle, sharing insights about giving love, living hard and being a “hot young dad” with five kids aged 6 months to 23 years. It’s also the perfect time to let you know what I’ve learned on my “Midwestern Values tour”. There’s live music before and after my show, along with a full bar and dinner menu, featuring themed cocktails like The Titanic and The Elvis Eraser. $10 Cover. No minimum. No maximum. No problem. *”Boom Clap” – if you’re 12-29, this is the song by Charli XCX. If you’re older, it’s even worse....
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:...