Tiny’s First Steps Behind The Scenes Shoot

Tiny’s First Steps Behind The Scenes Shoot

As I rehearse the TUPCOC one-man show, “Tiny’s First Steps”, co-creator/director Stuart Wilson goes behind the scenes. This is far more depraved and invasive than a mere backstage tour: Stu will delve into my “Tiny” process and also chronicle our efforts to launch a new Midwest burlesque show. You can find out more – and maybe even uncover some shoot locations – by following @TinySirko on Twitter or subscribing to his...

Tiny’s First Steps (Preview) @ Rockpaper Coffee

After a great reception last Friday, we’ve been invited to showcase some of our new material for “Tiny’s First Steps” at Rockpaper Coffee Co.’s Cozy Comedy night. Always a great show, with Jason Rennebu and other great comics! We hope you can join the fight for creative liberty… it all starts with coffee…and cheap beer! Tiny Sirko (aka Hersh Rephun) is a refugee of the state of mind known as helplessness. After fleeing the dogs of Vladimir Putin, Tiny has come to America with a dream of creative...
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...