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Ira Leavitt, Host

When I was young, I thought Bob Hope was the funniest comedian hands down. I laughed so hard my sides hurt. Every Sunday night my whole family, including my grandmother, watched the Ed Sullivan show with comedians like Alan King making fun of the airlines and early George Carlin doing his hippy-dippy weatherman routine. As I got older I watched comedy at clubs and on TV, seeing such great stand-ups as Robert Klein, Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield, Buddy Hackett, Joan Rivers, and of course Johnny Carson.

In today’s comedy clubs, most of the stand-up comedians are young and their “comedy” is extremely gross, needlessly filled with swear words and in my opinion rarely funny. Comedy clubs started closing all over the country and I just assumed that stand-up comedy was a dying art. But I believe that comedy is “generational” and what’s funny to a 20-something is different than what funny to a mature adult. That’s why Still Standing-Up was formed; so mature comedians like me can deliver good old fashion stand-up comedy to mature adults. Hope you enjoy.