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Comics who first start might feel that a room where you can go up regardless of experience is a good idea. These rooms, often called bringer rooms, will give novices stage time. In return you bring ten people. The booker makes the money. You pack the room. And get nothing but a second rate tape in return. Good deal? No
When you play a bringer room, you support what I call, Supply Side Comedy. Supply side comedy takes no account for demand. An audience demands to be entertained. Your friends don't have the same concerns. They just want to see you do well. This type of false feedback causes a viscous cycle.
#1 It prevents you from growing.
#2 It may... [Read Entire Article]
Red Buttons was born Aaron Chwatt on February 5th, 1919 in the lower east side of Manhattan. At age seven, he began performing on street corners for pennies. At the time, his act consisted of singing popular songs using his boyish alto voice. This made him a natural for choirs including Coopermans Choir, which he sang with for three years. He followed that by joining the world famous Cantor Joseph Yussele Rosenblatt.
At twelve, Buttons worked every amateur contest he could enter. The Depression was at hand and a five-dollar grand prize was a huge blessing with 90 percent of the population out of work. At sixteen, while he was still attending Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, Buttons auditioned for and got the job of an entertaining bellhop at a tavern called Ryan's in City Island, New York.
He got his stage name when working at Dinty Moore's Tavern in the Bronx as a si... [Read Entire Bio]