SEPTEMBER 1, 2004 B3
STEVE HARVEY / ONLY IN L.A.
Comic's Dream of
Downtown Success Is No Laughing Matter
September 1, 2004
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. And it's been a test of his
He got a dismal reception, for instance, at the Redwood 2nd Street Saloon, the
L.A. Downtown News said. I could have predicted that the Redwood is full of
newspaper people, lawyers and bail bondsmen, none of whom are great listeners.
Kurtz also held a comedy night in a community room at the downtown Premiere
Towers, where he lives, and it drew four tenants.
"How sad is that?" he told the Downtown News' Kristin Friedrich. "People next
door wouldn't walk down the hall!" But maybe there are a few laughs to be had
downtown after all. Kurtz is drawing respectable numbers on Wednesday nights at
Little Pedro's Blue Bongo Bar on East 1st Street.
And he's ignoring the taunt in this calendar listing in the L.A. Weekly: "Perry
Kurtz hosts live comedy in Downtown L.A., for some reason, at Little Pedro's."
Dressed for? "A resident was concerned that a porno movie was being
filmed at a residence," the police log of the Los Alamitos News-Enterprise
reported, "and that an adult female was in front in black lingerie with a black
whip." Unless the whip indicates she's a jockey at the Los Alamitos Race Course.
OK. Maybe I should leave the laughs to Kurtz.
Reach Steve Harvey at (800)LATimes, Ext. 77083, by fax
at (213) 237-4712, by mail at L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012 or