was recorded in Burbank, California.
is a comedian I always looked up to an admired while I was growing
up, having watched him on Johnny Carson, David Lettermen and his
I had known
him for years before I ever knew that he was there at El Brookman's
in Washington D.C. the night my father took me there to see comedy
when I was 12 years old. That night changed my life forever and
Ritch remembers some of the details more clearly than I do. The
fact that he remembers the night there was a kid (me) in the
audience that night makes my love and respect for him hit
He wrote a
book called "I Killed" which was a compilation of the greatest
comedian road stories of all time. That book remains text book
learning for young comedians looking to gain insight on the
business of comedy. He writes for Bill Maher and in recent years
has been helping turn Bill Maher's book "True Stories" into a
run into this man at the clubs he always puts a smile on my face.
He is a warrior who grew into a wise man. He is a wise Buddha of
comedy wisdom and knowledge. It is my pleasure to present to you
the one and only Ritch Shydner.