A comic who worries about his career all the time? You’re kidding, right? Not when you’re dealing with Bruce Smirnoff. His critically acclaimed, award-winning one-man show Other Than My Health, I Have Nothing… And Today I Don’t Feel So Good was a smash success. And guess what? It deals with all his show business misfortunes.
Imagine this opportunity of a lifetime: Johnny Carson makes a rare appearance at the Hollywood Improv. Owner Bud Friedman decides to put Bruce on for Johnny to discover. Bruce is spectacular for two minutes until a drunken, drugged-out heckler (the son of Bruce’s agent) interrupts and destroys Smirnoff’s confidence and performance. Bruce leaves the stage defeated in front of the talk-show icon.
A little later, after Johnny has a few too many, Budd makes Bruce drive him home, only to encounter further disaster upon arriving at Carson’s Bel Air mansion.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, Bruce has dozens of these stories, many with show biz icons, all true, hysterical and so unbelievable that they’re… believable.
All of these stories were combined into his show, which ran two years in Los Angeles, and made stops in Toronto, New York, Cleveland, and Kansas City.
In 1996, the show was received with a standing ovation at the Montreal Comedy Festival. In 1999 Bruce won the prestigious ADA Award in Los Angeles.
In January of 2001, Bruce fulfilled his dream, to live in New York City. After two winters, the dream was over! Bruce now lives in Miami Beach, Florida.
“Bruce Smirnoff did a wonderful job!!!! My membership is still talking about the evening. Thank you for your assistance with this event.”
–Michael Krabbe, Hillcrest Country Club