Holes In My Shoes
Six, super-talented, thought-provoking Stand-up Comics, a famed Pancake Juggler/Acrobat and a Master Minstrel of Folk Banjo take the stage at the Downtown Independent, to provide electrifying entertainment that also supports Homeboy Industries. It's the Inaugural Presentation of Holes In My Shoes, a monthly comedy/variety show that is sure to provide uniquely hilarious entertainment, over 600 dollars in door prizes, and a wine bar that includes exquisite, craft beer. In addition, prepare yourselves for an hour of Swing/Jazz/R&B Music, before, during and after this event.
PERRY KURTZ is a mega-talented comic, who incorporates his stout, physical, Jewish appearance into improvisational, animated and hilarious rap/dance routines, and into hugely funny and witty monologues. A native of Northeast Philadelphia, Perry's initial foray into entertainment came in the form of puppet shows at local playgrounds. In the 1970's, on a temporary, diversionary path for the sole reason of something called "survival," he created finished art for national label companies, such as Pepsi, Sprite, and Levi Strauss, which included the design of the Seven Up "bubble pattern" logo. After 2 years of high pressure and a nervous breakdown, he quit and entered a talent show at The Crazy Horse Saloon in New Jersey, taking a $250 first prize, for singing a parody of "Eleanor Rigby" as Jerry Lewis. He took a comedy workshop, and in 1979, with his last $500, a suitcase, electric guitar, and roller skates equipped with headlights, he moved to San Francisco to become a comedian.
His first paying was as emcee and manager at the Off Broadway Male Burlesque Club; at the request of screaming female patrons, he gave birth to his "Comic Strip Routine" parody, wherein he only takes off his jacket, and women STILL give him money. In 1983, he spent a lot of time at the Holy City Zoo Comedy Club,where he had many opportunities to share the stage, improvising with Robin Williams. A few years later, he was averaging 30 to 40 weeks a year headlining comedy clubs 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. Perry has appeared with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle, Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chapelle, Rosanne, Kevin Pollack, Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Bill Maher, and Whoopi Goldberg, and has won NUMEROUS comedy awards.
SCOT NERY is a masterful comedian who employs a physicality in stand-up performances that involves juggling and acrobatics. He has an immense feel and love for his audiences, for whom he adjusts his act. When Scot was 7, a neighbor taught him to perform magic tricks. Scot was enchanted with the feeling of hope and human potential that these mysteries delivered to people. By 11, he was getting paid to play birthday parties and banquets. He taught himself to juggle, ride a unicycle, do balloon animals and clown. After high school, he left home, to successfully make his living as a juggler. He went to Nashville and then Kentucky, working day jobs and developing his craft. Scot then drove through the U.S., doing 5-6 shows a day, in cities like New Orleans, NYC, Boston, and San Francisco. Scot has toured with stars Brooks and Dunn in 42 American states. Scot has won awards and performed at L.A. comedy clubs, colleges and corporate affairs, TV shows (including The Tonight Show), and has been on stages in Las Vegas, Portland, Scotland, England, Japan and New Zealand. He has challenged passé ideas, including those on success, by pursuing what he believes is best for entertainment. Scot has earned accolades from Robin Williams, Paul Reubens, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Oakland Tribune.
DAX JORDAN A transplant from Portland, Oregon, Dax is a mild mannered student of psychology and life, in an analytical, but simple style that is exceptionally funny. He regularly tours North America, and has performed for the troops, overseas. Dax was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, has performed at the Portland Comedy Festival, and he has been heard on the nationwide Bob & Tom radio show, as well as on Sirius/XM radio. Has performed for Microsoft, The American Red Cross, has MC'd at the Improv, and performed at the Ice House, the Westside Comedy Theater, and was the hilarious Headliner for The Tomorrow Show's (With Ron Lynch) 7th Technical Anniversary Show.
DAVE REINITZ Dave's unique perspective and sarcasm gives us stand-up comedy that won't soon be forgotten. He finds humor wherever common sense is in jeopardy, such as the prescription drug industry and his girlfriend's incomprehensible view of the world. Dave is originally from Ithaca, New York. The son of a history professor and artist mother, he has been struggling to understand the world around him, especially that occupied by the corporate infrastructure.
Dave attended the State University of New York, but soon found another calling, so he's been performing professionally as a Stand Up Comedian for over 10 years. He has worked as an MC, and Feature and Headline for Clubs, Corporate Events and Colleges, all over the country. He is also the Co-Owner of Flappers Comedy Club (Burbank, CA), one of the foremost venues in the United States, and one the most facilitative for new talent. Dave is Co-Executive Producer of H2F Comedy Productions, Inc., a Comedy Management and Development Company. He was the Assistant Publisher and Comedy Editor of Laugh-Line Magazine (1999-2002). Since the events of 911, Dave's voice has taken on a political twist. He lists George Carlin, Bill Maher and Chris Rock as sources of inspiration. He achieved Second Place in the San Jose Improv Battle of the Bay comedy contest, has been heard on "This American Life," and seen on the Discovery network.
DUSTIN KAUFMAN got his start in Kansas City, MO, at Stanford N Sons Comedy Club, which consistently booked the best acts on the circuit. After only a year, Dustin was added to the roster as a regular opener. Being able to watch and work with comics like Greg Giraldo and Kevin Nealon was an incredible opportunity for a young, up-and-coming comedian to learn the business of laughter.
Dustin is a national touring comedian who works coast to coast in the best rooms in the country. A regular in New York, Seattle and Chicago, Dustin is one of the most original and outspoken comedians working today. He has been to the San Francisco Comedy Competition, The Seattle Comedy Competition, is a favorite at The Ice House in Pasadena, CA, has worked The Improv, Funny Bones, was the MC at a recurring comedy show at Flappers, and has recently completed his Weediculous Comedy Tour. Dustin has an unforgettably rakish style and ragged poise, and has won the praise of major comedy clubs, nationwide. He has worked with: Brad Garrett, Daniel Tosh, Jeffery Ross, Nick Swardson and others.
LEE G. KUSHNER Born and bred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and living in metropolis areas, his whole life, it was easy for Lee to develop a brutally political/social satiric comedy, in which nothing and no one are sacred. Philadelphia is supposedly the City of Brotherly Love, but Lee soon realized that many of his peers and elders did not embody that philosophy; so, he allowed his older, more aggressive brother to handle the resulting conflicts, while he retreated to the safety of his imagination, crafting clever, compelling short stories, a children's novel- and revenge fantasies! In his later youth, he repeatedly rejected attempts to vote him Class Clown, but later realized that taking himself so seriously was a prescription for lifelong poverty. Lee graduated with a degree in Psychology from Penn State, somehow managing to remain unscathed from the experience, and achieved a Masters in Psychology, a seeming eternity later. He has always had an immense interest in the psychology of politics, so he believes that re-electing Neo-Conservatives should be classified as an Addictive Disorder.
Lee has had numerous, stage comedy roles, including the Lead (of Anton Chekov) in Neil Simon's The Good Doctor. He appeared in the famous, Boost Mobile Lawyer's Spooning Commercial, which proved that he will sink to any level, as will members of the profession he represented, for money. His stand-up credits include appearances at The Laugh Factory, The Improv, Marty's, The Hollywood Hotel and The Tomorrow Show (hosted by Ron Lynch), not to mention that he passed the audition at Flappers Comedy Club, in Burbank. Lee wishes that people would stop laughing at him, because it feeds his delusion that he is actually funny.
JOSHUA MEYROWITZ It all started many years ago in New Jersey when Linda Meyrowitz, then pregnant, went for an ultra sound and found out she was going to have twins. Joshua Meyrowitz was number 2. Growing up, Joshua and his brother, Jon, were typical boys who loved to play with toys and watch movies like "Gremlins," over and over again. Jon used to pretend he was a gremlin...Joshua actually thought he was one!
At 14 years old, Joshua moved with his family to Southern California, and was then diagnosed with Aspergers' Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism. At 25 years old, unable to find "proper" work because of said Autism, he decided to try stand-up comedy. It would turn out to be the best choice he ever made, as he found himself to be good at something for the first time ever!
Starting at the open mic of The Ha-Ha Cafe in North Hollywood, Joshua has performed at places like Marty's, Flappers and The Comedy Store. He is also a part of comedy podcasts, including "Def Wanna F with Matt and Jeff," featuring former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Jeff Richards. Joshua's exaggerated parody-style humor is a big part of what makes him hilarious! Joshua Meyrowitz is now surging across the comedy scene.
ARIC LEAVITT is a masterful, veteran, folk banjo artist, who has performed and delighted audiences, everywhere. His command of folk standards, his huge repertoire of songs, his playing technique and satisfying, down-home voice stylings, make him an overwhelming favorite of anyone within ear-shot.
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|