My First Visit to The Comedy Store
I remember cruising Sunset Blvd as a teenager and seeing all the strange, hip, outrageous people standing around the cool clubs. People and scenes in front of Whiskey A Go Go and The Comedy Store drew me like a flower attracts a bee. I was sure the laughing pretty girls got to marry the rich cute boys and live happily ever after. Later, as a young married mother, I lived not far from The Sunset Strip and avoided the traffic and weirdos. I never expected it would take me forty years to come back to see my first comedy show.
I didn’t know what to expect at The Comedy Store on West Sunset. The evening surprised, shocked, and sickened me–as well as entertained me. The first comic was really funny, except he made fun of himself as being a retard. Even though he may have cerebral palsy, he is not stupid and “retarded” offends me. But still, I can be offended without being shocked or grossed out, and laugh at funny redneck trailer-trash stories. All in all, he was funny.
Several more comics entertained us with varying degrees of sexual stories and black jokes. Black male comics garnered many laughs about Black History Month and about dating white women. That was funny. Few people know I graduated from Bethune Cookman College and understand southern black culture.
Brando Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s son (Was it just me or did everyone else get the connection?) was fun and funny. Brando naturally has timing and charisma. He surprised me later by standing at the exit passing out cards to another show. I thought he was paid to stand there and hand out cards. I had no idea he was the comic star we saw earlier, let alone the son of a super star. He impresses me because he works so hard.
About Brando Murphy: A Natural Born Headliner
After Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, only 4 new comedians have emerged with the breakout talent to fill the comedy gap: Dave Chappelle, Kat Williams, Robin Harris, and Sam Kinnison. The comedy scene has awaited the entry of another “next-level” talent with Superstar appeal. BRANDO MURPHY has arrived on the scene with great buzz and excitement. One look or one laugh and you know that this charismatic kid has that it factor currently missing in comedy (a stand-up & comedic actor who: sings, dances does impressions and sketch work).
Brando Murphy is also being shopped around Hollywood to star in a biopic on the life of comedy icon Eddie Murphy, entitled Eddie (See footage link below). Brando has played the major LA comedy venues (i.e. Comedy Store, HAHA Café, Improv, etc.) and recently headlined at the Historic ROXY Theater in Hollywood (for VH-1’s SAVE THE MUSIC benefit concert). He also recently headlined the sold-out SONS OF COMEDY show in Studio City, CA where Mason Pryor (Richard Pryor’s son) opened for him.
See Brando’s Comedy footage –
See Brando’s Acting footage-
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More about my first visit to The Comedy Store (or any comedy club)
The only woman comic embarrassed me. She was more foul mouthed and sexually explicit than the men. Sorry, I just didn’t appreciate that humor.
The headliner played a satirical guitar medley and sang funny lyrics. I didn’t know I was going to blog about this night, so I didn’t take notes on names. If anyone knows names, I’ll add them.
We went to see Maria Parkinson’s friend Eric DeLuca. He was likable, funny, and nice. You care about him and his funny family situation. It was unfortunate that he was cut short and Potty Mouth Woman took over repeating her harassing the pretty young women talk.
Will I return to The Comedy Store? Perhaps. I plan to go see Brando and Eric again and I’d love to see some of the other comics too. Laughter is good for us. Watered down drinks and gross jokes make it hard to sit through waiting for the good stuff.
A good belly laugh can make it all worthwhile. Please, make me laugh.
What makes you laugh?