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David Zasloff's Secret to Success? Do the Opposite of What Your Father Tells You
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David has performed at NA, AA, CA, DA, OA CEA-HOW and GA  comedy conventions, benefits, prisons, nightclubs, universities, theaters, retirement homes,
corporate events, private parties, temples, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, affairs of state, spiritual living centers, a few churches and one briss.

He has recorded a comedy CD entitled “Honey Take Me Home” and has written a book called The Complete Book of Everything, Part I which is a compilation of his comic monologues.

Other people have said some pretty nice things about him. For instance:

“David Zasloff is one of the great performers of our time.” (Richmond Shepard - Performing Arts Insider)

“His view of humanity is unique, very funny and sexy. His intelligence and wit sneaks up on you and suddenly you’re howling.” (Patricia Foulkrod – film producer and political organizer)

“His humor was not only razor sharp, but displayed enlightened understanding of the human condition.” (Hollywood Gazette)

“I am a Zasloff fan. He pushes the boundaries and he’s smart and he’s very funny. The CD is terrific.” (Jay Levin – original publisher of the L.A. Weekly). 

“He approaches our cultural and sexual taboos with humor, respect, tenderness, and the deep understanding of a man of heart.” (Margot Anand, author “The Art of Sexual Ecstasy”)

“You are such a brilliant, talented man and your humor truly resonated with our group. We hope you will enjoy the fame and fortune you deserve.” (Adrian S. Windsor, Program Director Inside Edge)

“He is a bolt of greased lightning: entertainer and showman par excellence.” (L.A. Weekly)

“He is as funny and off the wall as you’d expect of a fellow who’s honed his skill as a stand-up comic.”(Dramalogue)

“Treat yourselves to a laughter and music blast with the outrageously funny David Zasloff. He is convulsively hilarious. Highest recommendation. Don't miss!” (Greg Tamblyn – author, comedian, musician)

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

David Zasloff:  I was loud.  I played trumpet.  I lived in a housing project the Bronx.  Whenever I practiced my music attracted the police.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

David Zasloff:  When I discovered I was funny and I could make people laugh I became addicted to comedy. Plus I had a deep need for approval that could only be satisfied by large numbers of people. My insights into hypocrisy has allowed me to do comedy for thirty years.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

David Zasloff:  I used to do comedy stoned on cocaine. I wasn’t funny.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

David Zasloff:  My greatest tragedies are hysterical.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

David Zasloff:  Lenny Bruce. I found his grave. I sat at his tombstone thinking here lies the funniest philosopher of all time. Fifty years ago he wrote a monologue on how to defuse the negativity in the word “nigger.” He was ahead of his time because he had perfect timing.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

David Zasloff:  Hypocrisy, including terrorism, financial failure, love, fatherhood and death.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

David Zasloff:  Everything is funny. I write down as much as I can. Memorizing all of it is a problem.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

David Zasloff:  Sugar.  Scientists say sugar is just as addictive as heroin. Which means Nutra-Sweet is methadone.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

David Zasloff:  No. Everything my dad taught me was wrong. I have a great life because whatever he told me to do, I did the exact opposite.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

David Zasloff:  Comedy is one insecure person making an equally insecure audience laugh without revealing anyone’s insecurity.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  I once did an impression of a gorilla in a hotel lobby trying to get a candy bar out of a vending machine. I thought watching a gorilla trying to be human would be funny and remind people of the similarities between them and gorillas. But I never gave the audience a clue to what I was doing.  They got my gorilla impersonation but they didn’t get the hotel vending machine. All they saw was me acting like King Kong. It wasn’t funny. The audience ignored me and started talking amongst themselves. I tried to get offstage without being seen. I realized I had a lot to learn about human communication.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  One night, early in my career, I got onstage, looked around, and what struck me as being funny was that people had driven a long way and paid a cover charge to have someone else make them laugh because they couldn’t make themselves laugh. Since I could make myself laugh it made me think they were inept and I started laughing at them. They didn’t know why I was laughing, but they sensed my laughter was real. Real laughter is contagious. Pretty soon everyone was laughing at me laughing at them. After a while it didn’t matter why we were laughing, what mattered was we were all laughing. And we couldn’t stop laughing. The show was hysterical and I didn’t tell one joke.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

David Zasloff:  My favorite joke is about religious sexual hypocrisy, and it’s too explicit to repeat here. To hear this joke please come to my show. This joke has made thousands of people laugh.  I guarantee, it’ll make you laugh.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

David Zasloff:  To do more comedy. I don’t care about making movies or doing television. I love laughing with people.

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Thanks for the interesting post. This is going to keep me going for one more day.

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