“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!!                  ...
The end of Mad Men made me HAPPYish

The end of Mad Men made me HAPPYish

One door closes, another opens. When I watched Mad Men in its original run, I had become disillusioned by the ad biz. I loved the show, but in 2007 the industry was on the verge of stagnation (or at least extreme conservatism), the economy was about to implode and the “good days” of advertising had come to an abrupt halt (or a slow stop beginning in 1989, according to some). So, while I was mesmerized by the characters, the nostalgia had a wistful side that was at times too much to bear (though never too much to watch). As we all know, the show was slow in resolving itself – there were, what, a dozen or so years between the two halves of the 7th season?? In that time, the world has turned, we’ve dragged ourselves through incredibly hard times, truly disheartening inhumanities, insufficient response to global warming (I’m no activist, just not a Koch drinker)…and, for the moment, we’ve survived. So while things aren’t all better yet, we have a sense that we’ve made it through to the next phase: the end of Mad Men. The show ended on a generally upbeat and capitalistic note, making many of us in creative marketing feel just plain good. Because the truth is, once you find your personal truth, everything you say is truthful, even if those truths are told in the form of messages about ideas that may or may not be, well, true. Where to go from here? Into modern times, of course, and the world of HAPPYish, Shalom Auslander’s singular meditation on the two most challenging things a...
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:...

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

It was 1991 when I first stepped on a stage to perform stand-up comedy. I’ve done a few other things since then, and now I’m returning to the very stage I sullied that night – the world-famous Comic Strip.  Like all young comedians, I hung around for hours until I finally got my shot, at around 1:30am. That’s when Eddie Murphy dropped in to kill for 45 minutes. THEN I went up. Now that I know what bombing is, I would say I didn’t bomb that night. Still, here’s a chance to see me do better. While I haven’t yet found a NYC venue in which to recreate my long-running LA show, you’ll get to see some of that material and some other great comics! LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!! Please Note: The is a special event and it’s an early bird special, so no passes, just a $14 cover (one drink...
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 &...