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Perry Kurtz

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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.

Profile Summary:
Corporate Comedian and Humor Motivator North Hollywood, CA
Comedian, Host, Emcee North Hollywood, CA
More About Me
Making everyone in the world laugh at least once, Improvisational blues with live bands, spending time with my little daughter.
Work Experience:
COMEDY VENUES (as a paid performer) *=Headliner
Catch A Rising Star - Bally's, Las Vegas
The Coach House* - San Juan Capistrano & Santa Barbara, CA
The Comedy Connexion* - Lansing, MI The Comedy Isle - San Diego, CA
The Comedy Store (Original & Main Rooms) - Hollywood & La Jolla, CA
The Comedy Underground* - Seattle & *Spokane, WA
The Comedy Zone Circuit* - AL, AR, Bahamas, FL, GA, LA, NC, SC, VA
The Comic Strip - FL, NY & *El Paso, TX The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Universal City
Dangerfields* - NY & Las Vegas The Galaxy Theater* - Santa Ana. CA
Giggles* - Seattle, WA The Holy City Zoo* - San Francisco
Igby's - Los Angeles, CA The Improvs - San Francisco & Los Angeles
The Laugh Factory – Hollywood The Punchlines - CA, FL, GA, & SC
Rooster T Feathers, Sunnyvale, CA* (More on request)

TELEVISION
Freelance Writer for The Tonight Show , 2001-Present
Your Moment of Truth, Game Show Network, August 2000
Featured on Over The Edge, Discovery Channel, December 1999
Winner on The New Extreme Gong Show, Game Show Network 10/23/98
America's Funniest People, ABC 2/4/93 & 2/7/94
Stand Up Stand Up, Comedy Central 1992 to Present
The Good Time Cafe, Arts & Entertainment Network 12/12/88
Dangerfield’s HBO Comedy Showcase 1987
Winner on The Love Connection, June 1985 and last highlighted segment of The Best of Love Connection, Syndicated, Twice yearly on The Game Show Network.

PRINT
S.F. Giants' Season Tickets Mailer as "The Ho Humm Baby"1988

RADIO
WROQ 101.1FM Greenville, SC - DJ 12am-6am, voice-overs, writing, & production. 7/93-9/94
KQAK 99.9FM San Francisco, CA - DJ 12am-6am 1984-85
WBDJ 84AM Philadelphia, PA - DJ 2pm-6pm 1976-78
Weekly caller on The Howard Stern Show as Dr. Ruth 1989-91
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Perry Kurtz is located in North Hollywood, CA and has the following skills: Corporate Comedian and Humor Motivator, Comedian, Host, Emcee
Talent, Event / Party Planning
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Corporate Comedian and Humor Motivator

Category: Talent
Description
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 & Comedy Central.

Finalist in L.A.'s Funniest Comedian Competition 2008

1st Winner on FunniestJokester.com

Nominee for The Most Hilarious Standup Comedian
in The LA Comedy Awards

Perry Kurtz combines dance (his G Rated `Comic-Strip Parody'), sound effects, video (his hysterical Love Connection appearance), traditional stand up, audience participation, improvisation, life stories, music, and more to provide a rich, one-of-a-kind, specialized, always different, entertainment experience for ANY event or party. Also available is Humor Training for employees to help enjoy work, as well as enhance sales.
Relevant Education / Credentials
34 Years as a working professional comedian
Years Experience: 34

Comedian, Host, Emcee

Category: Event / Party Planning
Description
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 & Comedy Central.

Finalist in L.A.'s Funniest Comedian Competition 2008

1st Winner on FunniestJokester.com

Nominee for The Most Hilarious Standup Comedian
in The LA Comedy Awards

Perry Kurtz combines dance (his G Rated `Comic-Strip Parody'), sound effects, video (his hysterical Love Connection appearance), traditional stand up, audience participation, improvisation, life stories, music, and more to provide a rich, one-of-a-kind, specialized, always different, entertainment experience for ANY event or party. Also available is Humor Training for employees to help enjoy work, as well as enhance sales.
Relevant Education / Credentials
34 years as a Working Professional around the world.
Years Experience: 34