How do I become a comedian?

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Corporate Comedian Perry Kurtz

International multi-media performance artist.

Providing quality comedy entertainment, writing, training, motivation, and earning a living at it since 1976.

Headlining Around the World and Seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, FX, TNT, HBO, The Game Show Network"A comic says funny things.

A comedian says things funny"

Perry Kurtz is the ONLY Comedy Trainer in Los Angeles recommended by Mark Lonow of The Improv for teaching comedy based on personality.

You too CAN become a comedian.Perry Kurtz, a working professional of OVER 30 years, who has headlined thousands of comedy clubs and Corporate Events across the U.S. and the World, a Paid Regular at The Comedy Store, was the director of The Comedy Store Players improv group in L.A., has been seen on HBO's Young Comedians Special with Rodney Dangerfield, Comedy Central, The A and E Network, America's Funniest People, Love Connection, won on The Extreme Gong Show on the Game Show Network, LA Comedy Awards for Most Hilarious Standup, Finalist in L.A's Funniest Comedian, and a writer for The Tonight Show on NBC, is now offering private coaching for anyone who would like to become funny or funnier. Or even get all the jokes they've been missin'.

You will learn to be funny


You will develop your natural sense of humor so that it is available


You will learn how to write, edit, and deliver material ONLY you can use.

You will understand all about:

personality discovery and development,


microphone and voice technique,

comedy writing and editing

comedic rhythm/timing/delivery,

finding paying work and staying sharp,

and much more.

If you really want to do something, anything IS possible.

Private coaching and writing is available one-on-one, online, by phone, or by email.

This training will enhance your life by allowing YOU to be funnier naturally.

It is also a great education for sales people and telemarketers that could use a sense of humor to close more sales.

Become a comedian.

Remember, EVERYONE "loves to laugh."


Perry Kurtz was born(?) in Philadelphia at 2:32am. at Doctors Hospital. As a 10 year old Cub Scout (they had no membership restrictions in those days), he briefly entered the entertainment field when he threw his voice into a sock and began giving puppet shows (at gunpoint) at local playgrounds. Graduating from Northeast High School in 1968, he attended The Hussian School of Commercial Art in downtown Philly.

After graduating in 1972(and paying off his instructors to pass him), he began freelancing for national label companies creating finished art for Pepsi, Tab, Sprite, Levi Strauss, Gerber, and Polaroid, including the design of the Seven Up "bubble pattern" logo in '74(for a measly 300 bucks) (Really!!). In 1976, he became the art director of a religious publishing house just outside of Northeast Philadelphia making an outrageous amount of money.

After 2 years of high pressure, a nervous breakdown from overwork, and people constantly asking, "What are you? A comedian?", his close friends advised that he should (just leave town or) get into comedy.

He quit his directorship in 1977 and entered a talent show at The Crazy Horse Saloon in New Jersey, taking a $250 first prize for singing a parody of "Eleanor Rigby" as Jerry Lewis. He took a comedy workshop (cash was paid upfront) and lived on his savings until 1979. Then, with his last $500, a suitcase, electric guitar, and roller skates he equipped with headlights, he moved to San Francisco to become a comedian.

His first paying "gig" was as the emcee and manager at the now-closed, Off Broadway Male Burlesque Club on Broadway in North Beach working 6 nights a week and making WAY too much money. A few weeks later, at the request of screaming female patrons (they were blind), he gave birth to his "Comic Strip Routine" parody (he only takes off his jacket and women STILL give him money).

In 1983, he left the "Broadway Scene" (too much sex and drugs) and pursued comedy in real comedy clubs. He spent a lot of time "working out" at the Holy City Zoo Comedy Club in San Francisco, where he had many opportunities to hang out and share the stage improvising with Robin Williams. (He has followed Robin 13 times at management request) A few years later, he was averaging 30 to 40 weeks a year headlining comedy clubs (and getting paid for it) (Go figure) across North America and Canada.

Just before his birthday in 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a paid regular at The Comedy Store (the money sucks) in Hollywood and Dangerfields in New York City.

He actually met his wife "online" on an LA bulletin board (they did not hot chat). They talked "voice" for 40 hours over 3 days. Then she drove to his house and they instantly(?) fell in love. He now lives in Downtown Los Angeles, has been married 17 years to the same woman, has 4 kids, 25, 24, 20, and one turned 5 in November, and continues to work as a comedian, comedy consultant and instructor, Humor Motivator, voice-over artist, Free-Lance Tonight Show Writer, and appears at comedy clubs, colleges, and corporate events around the world.

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