Barry Katz: Turning Nos Into Yes

Barry Katz Interviewed & Written by Al Bahmani Edited by: Magee Miller

What do Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Dane Cook, Jim Breuer, Nick Swardson, Tracy Morgan, Bill Bellamy, Bill Burr, Jeffrey Ross, Bert Kreischer, Darrell Hammond, Whitney Cummings, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Mohr, and Louis CK have in common? Other than being funny, they were all managed by Barry Katz.

Most folks remember seeing Barry giving Orny Adams sound advice in Jerry Seinfeld’s  “Comedian” or more recently bumping into Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards in a recent episode of  “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Like a later day Swifty Lazar, Barry Katz has signed over 100 television deals with his clients and produced over 50 different TV stand-up specials, (INCLUDING ONES With DANE COOK, JAY MOHR, NICK CANNON, SINBAD & EDDIE GRIFFIN), documentaries, and multiple television series including “Whitney,” “Mr. Box Office,” “Action,” “Mohr Sports,” “Frank TV,” and seven (7) seasons of “Last Comic Standing.” Barry was also instrumental in helping Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer and Neal Brennan sell “Half Baked” to Universal.

His “Industry Standard” podcast debuted at Number 3 on the iTunes charts. The podcast is recommended listening for anyone wanting to get involved in the entertainment industry. Not only are the episodes inspirational, but you find yourself cheering for and learning from people you’ve probably cursed at or vilified at one point in time or another. Without any further delay, here’s a most candid interview with manager/producer/podcaster Barry Katz.

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Get Off Your High Horse!

Written by Iliza Shlesinger

Photo by Emily Higgins Used with permission of The Laugh Factory.

Photo by Emily Higgins
Used with permission of The Laugh Factory.

To the people finding fault with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge because of wasting water,

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The Truth & Iliza Shlesinger: Uniting Everyone Through Hate

Interviewed and written by Al Bahmani

Photo by Emily Higgins Used with permission of The Laugh Factory

Photo by Emily Higgins
Used with permission of The Laugh Factory

 

To say Iliza Shlesinger has the gift of gab is like saying Martin Scorsese is competent with a camera. Standing tall at 5 feet, 5 inches, Iliza Shlesinger is native Texan with a smile that conceals a sharp tongue that can cut right to punchlines in a heartbeat. In 2008 she was the first and only woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her debut comedy special “War Paint” reached number 1 on iTune’s charts and is available on Netflix along with her feature film debut in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise”. lliza takes some time off her busy road schedule to talk to Comedy Scene in Houston about her Laugh Factory produced podcast “Truth & Iliza”, her comedic origins and the miracle of uniting people through hate.

 

You begin every episode with the Henry Rollins quote “Nothing brings people together like a mutual hatred.” What mutual hatred can bring the rival cities of Dallas and Houston together?

You’re talking about that mutual hatred for one another?

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HOW TO COMPLIMENT TOMMY DRAKE AFTER ONE OF HIS SHOWS

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By Tommy Drake

Edited By Al Bahmani

Author’s Note:

I was originally going to title this ‘How to Compliment an Entertainer After a Live Show’, then I thought I really shouldn’t speak for musicians because I’m not one. So I figured ‘How to Compliment a Comic After a Live Show’, would work, but I disagree with other comics on so many things it is wrong for me to assume they would agree with me on… all of this.

So, here it is, ‘How to Compliment Tommy Drake After One of His Shows’.

I’m so glad you came to my show and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it. I wanted you to have fun and you wanted to like me and that worked out. This is great. Now, you have a moment where you are going to say a few words to me on your way out, less than a minute of our time together, please don’t ruin it.

Here are some great things you can say:

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“You Don’t Know Dick Williams”

“You Don’t Know Dick [Williams]”
Interviewed and written by Al Bahmani

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Edited by: Magee Miller

“Dick Williams is one of the best people on Earth, no matter how evil he wants you to believe he is. He has been a dear friend to me and my family for as long as I’ve known him, both in Houston and in Los Angeles. Dick was great at putting together paid gigs here in Houston and always played a starring role in every fucked up story that ever happened. He’s my friend, my rabbi, my accomplice and at times my worst nightmare. Dick is one of the great unsung, underappreciated heroes of the Houston comedy scene.”

John Wessling

In the multiple interviews with Houston comics who were around in the 1990’s Dick
Williams’ name pops up a lot. From John Wessling; Ralphie May; Rob Mungle; Caroline Picard & Billy D. Washington; many give him credit for giving them their first paid gig. The saying goes among comics, “If anyone knows how to create a gig, it’s Dick Williams”.

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Matt Kirsch: It Doesn’t Hurt To Have a Knife in Your Boot and a Gun in Your Underwear.

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Interviewed & Written by: Al Bahmani

Edited by: Magee Miller

Throughout my interviews with Houston Comics who’ve been around for more than ten years, one comic’s name pops up a lot, Matt Kirsch. With a list of jokes and industry credits as big as the state of Texas, to say Matt is a Houston comic’s comic barely scratches the surface. From his Humble beginnings in the late 1990’s to present day, Matt has crossed paths with all levels of the entertainment industry. Currently Matt is in charge of Comic Relief 2.0. Matt took a moment from his busy schedule to catch up with us.

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Mo Amer: Comic Ambassador

Mo AmerBy Al Bahmani

A high energy comedic storyteller, Mo Amer is a force to be reckoned with. Mo arrived to the United States from Kuwait at age nine. At age seventeen, he entered Houston’s Funniest Person Contest and made it to the wild card round of the contest. At age nineteen, Mo was being flown out to play to US troops stationed abroad. Mo is also the youngest member of Allah Made Me Funny—The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. Fans have watched him at sold-out shows worldwide in two dozen countries on five continents. Mo took some time off his busy schedule to talk with us. See him tonight at The Comedy Showcase for the New Year’s Eve Party Show!  Continue reading