Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The 9th Day Of Christmas

Every year each comedy club in NY gave a Christmas Party. One of the best ones was at Caroline's Comedy Club.

In 1988 they rented a photo booth and this is a picture of Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I together. Obviously, we were drunk.

I love Larry for many reasons, not the least of which is that he put me on his two TV shows. But the main reason is because of something he did for me in the late 80's.

I had auditioned for and made it into Catch A Rising Star, the best comedy club in New York at that time. Not once, but twice. I had been thrown out by one booker but managed to get back in when another booker named Cynthia took over.

Cynthia really liked me and I got lots of stage time. Then she had a stroke. I wish I was making that up, for both her sake and mine.

So the club hired their bartender to take over. HI, WELCOME TO COMEDY!

The bartender didn't like me. And the more I knew he didn't like me, the worse I treated him. I do not recommend this as a career move.

The bartender slash booker, let's call him Hassle, would put me up when there were no other comics hanging around the bar area. In those days, you had to pay dues by hanging out at clubs for hours at a time, every single night. Then the booker would walk up, tap you on the shoulder and say, "You're on next." And you'd better have been prepared because the odds of you getting another chance after bombing were slim.

Because of that, I've never hung out at bars because I'm always waiting for someone to say, "You're on in 5."

Larry and I played a lot of the same clubs and he noticed I didn't get a lot of stage time at Catch. So one night he asked Hassle to put me on more.

Hassle liked Larry. Admired him. Thought he was a genius. And totally ignored his request.

Hassle said he didn't think I was funny. Larry said I didn't work like most comics. I didn't sit down and write jokes. I made up jokes while I was on stage. Which was harder.

Hassle didn't care.

Larry asked him to reconsider. He didn't and still never put me on unless there weren't any other comedians available.

I only heard this story because other comics had been at the club when Larry did this. And they told me.

Because of Larry I can't stay friends with anyone who isn't supportive of my career. So thanks Larry, for saving me from a lot of people like Hassle.

If you add an "o" to the anagram Hassle, you get the word Asshole.


  1. Obviously, we were drunk.

    Love it.

  2. Hassle Hole tried to pin you down, which is standard operating procedure for the asshole club. Congrats to Larry for being a real " stand up " guy ! ( rim shot)
    stage left huge cane hook snags me off stage to die.

  3. Anonymous12:53 PM

    This is totally unrelated to the post, but I love photo booth pictures. When I'm rich one day, I'm going to buy one for my home.

  4. I'm stealing the picture and pretending it's me. We're almost TWINS anyway, right?

  5. "Because of that, I've never hung out at bars because I'm always waiting for someone to say, "You're on in 5."

    This killed me...

    And you know what? We all have Hassholes in life to overcome.
    We gotta treat them as such and put them behind us :)

  6. wow, you were on curb your enthusiasm, too?! (i work nights, i never get to see the good shit). can you get lisa to film that one too, and put it up on your blog so we can see it? so fucking awesome!

    caroline's comedy hour used to be a weekly tv show here in canada. i think it was hosted by richard jenni? i loved it, i still have a bunch of 'em on vhs.

    and as usual, you look gorgeous in those photos.

  7. as ye nose, there be more assholes than nice guys all over the place :(

  8. Jerk.

    Why do we have to have jerks in the world.

    Larry David, and you together?

    How I wish I were a fly on the wall for those conversations.

    Merry Christmas, Suzy Soro...you are a true genius.

    I've been following you on twitter, not commenting cuz of my own ahole impesonator who jumps on when I jump on. But I can still read you without logging in.

    Your tweets kill me.

    The best on the internet.

  9. I love Larry too, from afar, and now even more so. Great story!