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LA Times picks up on downtown comedy

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2004, at 10:29AM

Today Steve Lopez picks up for the LA Times the bit on Perry Kurtz that ran in this week's Downtown News.

Did you hear the one about the stand-up comic who tried to make a go of it at downtown L.A. night spots?

It's no joke to 53-year-old Perry Kurtz, comedian by night, mattress salesman by day. And it's been a test of his good humor.

Skipping ahead slightly...

Kurtz also held a comedy night in a community room at the downtown Premiere Towers, where he lives, and it drew four tenants.

Like I said two days ago, the numbers in the article are slightly misleading. As I recall, four tenants did turn out (well, three and Kathy), but so did three other non-tenants (who were there to see a comic who didn't show up). But again, maybe people just knew in advance that it was going to be an awkwardly unfunny show.

I rode the elevator with Perry this morning. I'm glad to see him getting publicity for his efforts, and hopefully someday I will make it out to see how the Blue Bongo show is working out.

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