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 2 years of high pressure in the art field, 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. 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" (and pursued comedy in real comedy clubs. 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.
In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a paid regular at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and Dangerfields in New York City as well as headlining National Comedy Clubs and events around the world. He is a finalist in L.A.'s Funniest Comedian, and a recipient of the prestigious LA Comedy Awards for Most Hilarious Standup.
He now lives in North Hollywood, has been married 18 years to the same woman, has 4 kids, 25, 24, 20, and one turned 5 in November, and continues to work as a comedian and comedy trainer/Motivator around the World.
Corporate Comedian and Humor Motivator North Hollywood, CA
Comedian, Host, Emcee North Hollywood, CA