Lots of exciting Plrknib news this week – and in the weeks to come! An excerpt from the book – nicely titled “Funny Guy” – is featured in the current “After Dark” issue of Cincinnati Magazine. It’s only available in the print edition of the magazine – which you can order here. Here’s a snippet from the piece, below.
If you’re in Cincinnati and looking to pick up a copy of Plrknib (along with the new Cincinnati Magazine) in an actual bookstore, one place you can certainly find it is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion. A friend sent in the lovely picture below. How appropriate to be sandwiched between Savages and Madness! (I was told by someone else that it was a store pick in JBB, and had one of those “why you should check this out” notes above it. How nice.)
And we have some VERY BIG announcements coming soon, especially again, for folks in the Cincinnati/Ohio area.
…and here’s the actual d.w. eye/Plrknib interview with John Kiesewetter, Michael Flannery, and me.
Cincinnati’s Early Comedy Days
Nice, in-depth article about Plrknib and d.w. eye today at WVXU (in Cincinnati) written by John Kiesewetter, someone who was there at the time and remembers the comics intimately. This leads into an interview coming up this Sunday night on WVXU with Kiese and fellow eye alum, Michael Flannery.
Mike Flannery came to the eye right when I was heading off to college and just tore the place up. He went on to become hugely popular, winning Showtime’s funniest comic in Ohio twice, hosting the kids’ show Club 19, anchoring WCPO TV news, and basically becoming the most famous eye personality in Cinti.
Back in the mid-80’s I performed with him at least twice – once in ’85 at Aunt Maudie’s, and once in late ’87 at the Funnybone – where he shredded the place and I died a horrible death.
Flan remains very much on top of his game. So, it was a real honor doing the VXU interview alongside him. And…we may be doing some additional performing together in the near future. Watch this space…
(You can hear the Plrknib interview this Sunday, March 19th at 7p on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati.)
Here’s a warts-and-all snippet from December 13, 1980 at d.w. eye. This is the seventh show I ever did. I had just turned 17 exactly one month earlier. This act comes immediately after I returned from my NY trip with my father. (Chapter 20 – Home) The eye was recording an album that night which was never released, but I understand the tapes are still floating out there somewhere…
The material here is pretty bad, but it’s amazing how responsive the audience is – laughing and applauding – considering such mediocre material. No wonder I was so obsessed with it all. The one thing I think you do hear is the absolute camaraderie the comics had for one another. You can clearly hear Rico and Mike laughing generously and loudly throughout the act. Even Roger’s intro is warm and friendly. Wow.
More mp3s in the next few weeks…
So, we’ve got our first dates lined up for 2017! All appearances include signings (and occasionally free copies!) of Plrknib.
Sunday, February 19 at 7p – I’ll be appearing at Scotty’s Comedy Cove in Springfield, NJ. This is our first big Plrknib show of the year, and we’ll have free signed copies of the book! Click here to make your reservations early!
Saturday, February 25 at 8p – I’m hosting the Comedy Night fundraiser at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, NJ. We’ll have signed copies of the book for sale at this event with all profits donated to the temple. Click here for more information and to make reservations.
Both shows will be great and include a ton of brilliant comics from the NY/NJ area. Come join us!
(I got a little tired of re-posting the cover of the book; so here’s the dog again from Chapter 31)
Yes, Plrknib now has something in common with toilet paper!
Hey – we got a super lovely review over at New Pop Lit!
Yeah, I know I’m not supposed to post references to a lot of reviews – because then I should be posting the bad ones, too, right? (Not too many of those, yet, tho. Give it time!) But this one is super-lovely, so…
Here’s a little excerpt…
….Like a comedian’s joke, Plrknib is the kind of narrative you fight against when you start reading it, but it pulls you along despite yourself. Like most of Bernstein’s writing, it’s irresistibly absorbing. Where is this book heading, you ask? What does “plrknib” mean? You’re skeptical, but you continue reading.
You can read the whole thing here.
And of course you can get the book here…
Well, it’s been an interesting month-and-a-half to say the least! Support for Plrknib has been extremely positive. Thanks so much to all of you who have been buying copies and leaving reviews. It is much appreciated!
Plrknib has gotten some very lovely initial reviews at both Amazon and Goodreads. We’ve also been doing Goodreads Giveaways. The latest one is for five signed copies of the paperback. More information is here.
Plrknib now has two different Facebook pages. One for the book itself here. And this one dedicated to d.w. eye, the club that’s referenced throughout the book. Please like both pages to get updates on the book and the comics!
We’ve added a Press Section, where you can see some of the recent coverage that the book has been getting. You can expect to see more in the coming weeks.
Plrknib has also been featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s indie site Booklife for the past week.
Also, since the book is about stand-up, some folks have asked if I’m still performing – and if so, where. Yes, there are a bunch of dates coming up in 2017, and we’ll be posting those here. And chances are good that we’ll be giving away signed copies of the book at some of these performances…