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This Comedy Stuff

January 28, 2010

Had a decent show last night aside from using the word  FUCK a few too many times.  Heres a short clip from last nights show.

Last nights’ show was at The Looney Bin in Staten Island, and tonight I have to go back on to that shitty Island to do a show in Port Richmond which is the equivelent little Mexico.  Unfortunately I do not know too much spanish but I know enough to get by without being sliced by an essay.  Had a good time last night, few people from high school showed up and gave Kursh some support along with some of my friends and the fiance.  I really dont have much shit to write about right now…. I just dont want to forget that Im doing a blog and I’d like to try to keep up with it on a weekly basis at least.  Not that I have any “fans,” but if I someday do have fans, I think it would be pretty cool for them to be able to read this crap and say to themselves “WOW, he really really sucked in 2010…theres still hope for me!”

Peace for now everyone .



Open mic Vs. Comedian “Showcase”

January 25, 2010

Lets just face it, the word “open-mic comedy” is just another word for “get paying customers to buy a 2 drink minimum and maybe 1 or 2 of the comedians friends.”  I’m not sure why I put quotation marks there, but I felt that they needed to be there.  I’m going to get into the true meaning of the word “open mic” and “showcase/bringer” in just a little bit.  First, I’d like to let everyone know that I decided to write this blog because you never know what can happen to a person (ME) career wise and this will act as sort of a testiment to my comedy “career.”  The reason I say career the way I do is because as much as I love comedy, it is not my career.  I would never ever be able to live off of the $50 a month I make doing stand-up.  Im sort of getting side tracked away from the topic; the reason I’m writing this blog.  I have a dilemma on my hands each Wednesday night.  Theres an open mic in the City called “Motel Wednesdays” which is run by a fine gentleman Steve Rosso.  The open mic show is based in a small Basement of a bar called The Village Lantern.  The reason why I enjoy this open mic over any other open mic is because the five bucks each comedian has to pay gets given back to 2 winners at the end of each show.  A good friend of mine Hassan Madry introduced me to this show a few years ago.  Hassan is a comedian from Staten Island who I booked on my 1st ever show in Staten Island.  He sort of showed me some of the ropes in the comedy world.  He, along with some of the other regulars at this open mic are a staple at the village lantern.  Some comedians who’s names pop out at me (mostly for a good reason) aside from Hassan are Ray Combs, Hillary Schwartz, Dan Curry, Luke Cunningham, Matt Maragno,Dan Shaki, Dan St. Germain,  AAlap patel, and Elon James.  Any comedian who is mentioned in another comedians’ blog should feel a small feeling of encouragement (I know I would).  Back to explaining the difference between a Real show and a bringer/showcase show.  A showcase is very similar to a “bringer” show without using the word “bringer.”  The owner of the club, or promoter expects the comedian to bring at least 4 or 5 paying customers to the club.   Showcase/bringer shows usually consist of 4,000 comedians who get 5-8 minutes of time.  Actually, most of these shows have about 8-12 comedians who are expected to bring about 4-5 paying customers.  If you dot the math we’re looking at about 60 paying customers who are paying $5 each to get in and then a 2 drink minimum.   So if we sat here and did some math, we’re looking at $300 in door money (which the promoter gets)  and approx $900.00 in drinks as per the 2 drink minimum.  I’m not knocking open mics or bringer shows because I’ve done and still DO them.  I just want fresh comedians to understand the difference between these terms.  Put it this way;  when you get  a call from a producer or promoter or club owner and they ask you if you are free to headline their show, then you’ve come to a point in your career where you can probably stop doing these types of show.  Until then, don’t let the word “bringer” discourage you.  You can Do bringer and open mics and still get productive feedback from other comedians and audience members after the show.  Dont get me wrong, but if your cousin comes up to you after the show and says you’re the best DONT believe him.  On the contrary, if an audience member approaches you and says they were scared to take a sip of they’re drink because you were constantly making them laugh….thats a good thing, but don’t get cocky because 1 person thinks your funny.  One day it will all just make sense and you’ll know the difference between FUNNY and HACKY.  Im not sure how much I stayed on the topic at hand but I hope I’ve helped someone out there reading this crap.

Hi, Im John Kurschner…Stand-Up comedian.

January 19, 2010

               Hey everyone who will eventually read this crap I’m about to write.  Im John Kurschner.  You may know me from the TV appearances I’ve never done.  Or, perhaps from my comedy central presents special I never did (YET).  Eventually, if I keep on getting better, I may end up on REAL TV as opposed to the Staten Island Comedy Show I’ll be doing next month that 20 people will watch because they’re drunk and high.  I always read blogs from fellow comedians so I guess I’m going to start writing blogs.  Im not even sure who will read this or what the word BLOG means.  All I know is that doing a blog will make me more Googleable so in turn I will contribute to the Comedian online community and rant about shit that most people dont care about.  Im in the process of booking 5 shows in the next two months, which is a lot of stand-up for me in that period of time.  I’m used to sitting on my ass and doing work when I felt like it, but I have to strike while the irons hot.  My brain juices are flowing and in the comedy world, you have to take advantage of the ideas that pop into your head on a daily basis.  Sometimes I’ll go weeks without thinking of anything funny enough to make it to the stage, but for some reason…..the more I go back to Staten Island the more material I gather.  The idiots that dwell the Island I spent 27 years of my life on supply me with the retarded insight I bring to the stage.  I’m going to leave for now, and if I remember I registered for this blog then maybe I’ll continue to write blogs. 

I have a show next wednesday, Jan 27th @ 830pm  at The Looney Bin Staten Island.

Hopefully I’ll be at the Village Lantern this wed night (1/20) at 845 (open mic)

Also At Village Lantern Feb 3…same time as above..or I could’ve typed 845 since it would have been less words than what I’ve just typed.

Feb 26th I’ll be taping a tv show for SI cable called “The Staten Island Comedy Show,” fimed somewhere on Staten Island.

March 20th 1030pm at Alor Cafe, 2110 Richmond Road, SINY 10306

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January 18, 2010

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