Musical Comedy

People are sometimes impressed that I can play piano and sing at the same time.  Being that I don’t find it very difficult, I’m not very impressed that I can do that.

I am impressed whenever I consider myself – or anyone else – to be funny in a song.  “A Little Priest” – From Sweeny Todd –  was the first time, I can recall, where I thought – these are just jokes! One after the other! A song had never made me laugh out loud like that before.  I think rhyming while being funny is very impressive.

But even more than that – I think playing an instrument and simply telling jokes is downright genius.  The juxtaposition between the structured nature of music and the unexpected nature of joke telling just tickles me.

It might seem easier than the other two above, but the timing for comedy and the timing for music don’t always line up the way you’d want them to, so the fact that these two men do it and do it so well…I’m very impressed.  


Come see me be funny away from the piano in The Kid with the Keys next Sunday, September 16th 2012 at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood. Call 818-754-8700 for reservations.

The KID with the KEYS

Join me as Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal presents the debut of The Kid With the Keys.

It will be a classy night of troublemaking, immaturity, and kid-play featuring music from the Millennial Generation of composers including Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Daniel Maté, and yours truly.

Tickets are $38 for VIP Reserved Seating, or $28 for General Admission Seating, both of which include the Entertainment Cover and the $10 Food and/or Beverage Minimum.  RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST.  Please call 818-754-8700 .  Patrons enjoying dinner are encouraged to arrive between 5:30-6:00pm.

Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601.  Valet Parking is available directly behind the Federal ($3.50 with validation).  Ample street parking is also available.  The dress code is upscale casual.

UPRIGHT in the Press

Mark Kitaoka/TheatreWorks

“Brett Ryback as the accompanist…almost steals the show with the variety of his piano playing. His turn on stage as Kiddo’s Russian instructor at Juilliard is a gem and you will not recognize him in the denouement scene.” ~Theatreworld

The Upright Grand reviews are in from San Francisco Examiner,  San Jose Mercury News,  the San Francisco Chronicle, and Stark Insider!

And writer John Orr wrote a lovely feature on me for Triviana.com.

Take a look below – or click here for the page.

First Look!

Here’s the first press photo of UPRIGHT GRAND, a new play by Laura Schellhardt.

Dan Hiatt plays Pops, Renata Friedman plays Kiddo, and I play the piano.  Not literally “the piano”.  I play ON the piano.  As well as four other characters.  None of which is a piano.

Meredith McDonough directs – at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto July 11- August 10.

Check out more info and cool design photos here!