Heading out to New Jersey now to do my first show "on the road." I'll be back as soon as it's over.

Comedy in a different state! Wow! Big time!



A terrific interview with my brother Andy today at www.gothamist.com. That RKB really knows how to ask a question. She is something special.


Sometimes Dreams Do Come True

Somebody mailed me a cookie.

And I ate it.

Mermaid Parade Ball update

Mermaid Parade Ball—This year ball-attendees will be taken back in time to the vintage 1920’s for a Coney Island Future Party. Hosted by future-telling, time traveling carnival barker, Harpo Henderson, the ball will feature live musical performances, DJ’s, sideshow acts, circus performers, burlesque, raffles, prizes, soul-piercing predictions about the future (from the past,) and affordable time travel. Produced by Straight Forward Entertainment (Dog Show Party.)

More details coming soon.

JUNE 25, 2005


The Rejection Show in today's Daily News!

For This Show, 'Rejection' Leads to Success!



Anne Altman's cat toilet-training video was out at 'America's Funniest' but not 'Rejection.'
Anne Altman thought the short film she made about toilet-training* her cat would be perfect for "America's* Funniest Home *Videos."

The producers must have thought otherwise.

"I submitted a hilarious video on my cat, Doodle, being taught to do her business in a toilet a couple of years ago," says Altman, a Manhattan comic.

"But I never heard back from the show. I guess they thought clips of men constantly getting hit in the groin was funnier."

America's loss is now New York's gain. Audiences will finally get to see Doodle do her thing tomorrow night at a monthly event where only also-rans, losers and *wanna-bes are welcome.

Call it Revenge of the Showbiz Rejects.

Altman is one of several comedians, *cartoonists, writers and artists who will turn their failures into funny routines for "The Rejection Show" at the downtown theater space P.S. 122.

"Rejection" gives creative types the chance to thumb their noses at the *publishers, *producers and network execs who gave their material a thumbs-down, says "Rejection" creator/producer Jon Friedman.

"Most of them feel like their stuff is *really great, but for whatever reason it never got a chance to be seen," says Friedman, a *comedy writer and standup from Brooklyn. "They now get the chance to show off something they're still proud of."

Tomorrow's lineup is typical of the cult show, which originated two years ago at The Tank on W. 42nd St.

Participants include a trio of *cartoonists from The New Yorker, who will discuss their drawings deemed unfit for publication, and Nick Stevens, a comedian who didn't make the final cut on the ESPN game show "Dream Job."

"I always look for people who represent different types of rejection, whether it's *literary, standup comedy or cartoons," says Friedman, 28, a former Comedy Central* *intern who came up with the idea after *experiencing his own rejections. His dream of writing a script for a new Comedy Central show ended when "they pulled the plug on the whole thing."

Being on "The Rejection Show" also proved to be therapeutic for comedian and actress Andrea Rosen, one of tomorrow's performers.

A few years ago, Rosen helped create a reality series about party crashers, but was forced to audition to be on the show. Of course, she didn't get the role. Then, *after settling for a job as one of the show's writers, she was eventually phased out — while her boyfriend stayed on as a *producer. She's no longer with him, either.

"The whole thing was a total nightmare," says Rosen. "I never even wanted to think about any of it because it made me feel like a total reject.

"But a show like this is like the ultimate *catharsis, for sure."



Me? Read smutty material? Uh, alright, sure. I guess. You've seen me perform before right? Ok, just making sure.

SMUT presents
Jane Ormerod, Jon Friedman, and Christine Hamm
5.16 8pm FREE

Our weekly program of provocate readings and performance, starring some of NYC's greatest talents. This week, featuring perfomers Jane Ormerod, John Friedman (creator of the NYC hit The Rejection Show, pictured) wil, and poet Christine Hamm


Sunglasses and Hello

Yesterday I wore my sunglasses for the first time this spring. Four people went out of their way to say hello to me. They were strangers. They waved and said hello. Some asked how I was doing.

Is there a connection between wearing sunglasses and people saying hello to you on the street?


New new new

New Tremendous Rabbit Productions in development. Coming soon!

Including "The Movies I Made as a Kid Film Festival."

You got to see these submissions....you got to.


Friday evening

The Tank is losing its home and has invited back a bunch of performers to help raise funds for a new home.


The Tank bids farewell to its 42nd Street home with a month-long schedule filled with our favorite acts from the past two years. All proceeds for the month go directly to The Tank's fund to find a new, permanent space. So come out and come often to enjoy the great programming and events, to celebrate our final days at 42nd Street, and to help us make our way to a new home.

They invited me to come perform on Friday May 6th @ 8PM...

Here's how they are billing it:


May 6 @ 8:00
"From the creator of the Rejection Show -- the NYC sensation that accepts no acceptions and originated at The Tank -- comes a return performance of new material, high concepts and big laughs."

I'm going to perform and then lead into the super talented Wiener Philharmonic who will perform segments from their smash hit show, "Wine Teeth." Then they'll talk about their brand new show in June on Thursdays at Juvie Hall. I will be giving out ham.

Tickets HERE

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