I grew up watching and listening to the greatest comedians of all time. Comics like Henny Youngman, Shecky Greene, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle, Mal Z Lawrence, Dick Capri, Lenny Bruce, Robert Klein, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Myron Cohen And Joan Rivers and the list goes on. What they all had in common was their ability to deliver rapid fire comedy in a framework that in comedy is called Schtick which has its own technique, rhythm and pattern, pace and method. The other thing that they all had in common was they learned their craft in the Catskill Mountains of New York as they played all the resorts known as the Borscht Belt. Borscht Belt humor refers to the rapid-fire, often self-deprecating style common to many of these performers and writers. Typical themes include:
Puns: "Sire, the peasants are revolting!" "You said it. They stink on ice." (Harvey Korman as Count de Money (Monet) and Mel Brooks as King Louis XVI, in History of the World Part I)
Physical complaints and ailments (often relating to bowels and cramping):
"My doctor said I was in terrible shape. I told him, 'I want a second opinion.' He said, 'All right, you're ugly too!'" "I told my doctor, 'This morning when I got up and saw myself in the mirror, I looked awful! What's wrong with me?' He replied, 'I don't know, but your eyesight is perfect!'" (Dangerfield)
Aggravating relatives and nagging wives: "My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met." (Dangerfield). "Take my wife—please!" (Henny Youngman); "My wife drowned in the pool because she was wearing so much jewelry." (Rickles); "My wife ain't too bright. One day our car got stolen. I said to her, 'Did you get a look at the guy?' She said, 'No, but I got the license number.'" (Dangerfield) "This morning the doorbell rang. I said 'Who is it?' He said 'It's the Boston Strangler.' I said 'It's for you dear!'" (Youngman)
I was fortunate to go to Nevele Country Club every year for one week for the first full week of August. It was then, that despite all the other recreation, activities and meals that were offered, starting at the age of five, was not nearly as exciting as waiting for that curtain to open because I knew and I was in for a treat when that comedian walked out. I can also vividly remember sneaking into the 11 PM dirty shows and hiding in the back and then practicing that material for all my friends the next day who's parents obviously kept better track of them than my parents did on me. So in honor of all the comics that created my sense of humor over the last 56 years. I'm on a one-man crusade to bring back the rhythm of Schtick. It's a New Schtick Different Day.
Winner of Comedy Competitions at Helium Comedy Club, Philly, The Punch Line in Philly, The Comedy Cabaret, Pa and NJ, as well as Catch a Rising Star in Princeton NJ. I’ve also worked up and down the east coast including multiple nights in NYC. Currently, producing and performing at the 55 and older Communities, Gated and Golf Course Communities with our tour named, “Laugh til you Cry with no DUI".