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BLINK & You Might Miss Me

theatre · combined artform · Ages 16+ · one person show · United States

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Blink & You Might Miss Me is a humorous look back at Larry Blum’s personal journey in show business. Sharing engaging stories, rare clips and photos from his long and varied
career, Larry illustrates the unique opportunity he has had to experience celebrity up close and personal. Whether dancing in A Chorus Line onstage, in the feature film cult classic Xanadu or on TV’s Solid Gold, or acting on every major daytime drama, Larry’s love of the business is apparent. He also enjoys the honor of escorting the glamorous women of Hollywood as they ascend the stairs to the stage to accept various awards. Though his name may not be a household word, Blink & You Might Miss Me is his moment to take center stage.

LA Weekly – “Clever, funny”

Frontiers – “Plays like a Kathy Griffin comedy special”

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LA WEEKLY

Writer-performer Larry Blum has had a curious career, ranging from production assistant to actor; dancer on Broadway, film and television; stand-in; and on-camera escort leading glamorous female stars (Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Susan Lucci) to the stage to accept their awards. He adores stars and drops their names without restraint in this amiably bitchy compendium of celebrity dish. He tells us what it was like to be groped by Van Johnson (during a stock production of How to Succeed in Business …), to lift Roseanne in a dance number and to stand in for Simon Cowell on Dancing With the Stars. He recounts a bizarre encounter with Ronald Reagan, who mistook him for a Gulf War hero, and tells us he somehow filched Lucille Ball’s driver’s license. He’s clearly not fond of Raquel Welch or Roseanne, but he adores Lily Tomlin. His stories tend to serve up the rich and famous warts and all, and he often prefers the warts. He’s a clever, funny, accomplished raconteur who filters his stories through a flamboyantly gay sensibility. Director Stan Zimmerman keeps things brisk and stylish. Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through Feb. 6. (323) 960-7612, plays411.com/blink. (Neal Weaver)

EDGE

Larry Blum has, in fact, done it all.

Larry Blum, who also wrote the material, is not a stand up comedian but he manages to bring the audience to laughter consistently throughout this sixty-five minute show, every now and then, pulling out a momento from those laugh-out loud memories.

Stan Zimmerman’s direction keeps the show concise and focused.

It’s an enjoyable night of storytelling, Hollywood gossip, and a recap of an illustrious career that is slightly under the radar but rife with fabulous glamour

SPLASH LA

Larry Blum does not put on a character; he is one.
This piece is written with heart and wit and is, in some places, deceptively rapid-fire.
It will make you chuckle and blush and think.
Perhaps what I found to be most smart and savvy – the thing that kills other one-man shows – is that Blum knows exactly when to say “scene”.

FRONTIERS

Blum has seen it all. And he’s got stories. Lots and lots of stories.

Plays like a Kathy Griffin comedy special

I won’t spoil the Lucille Ball punchline, but it’s worth the price of admission alone.

What’s so fascinating about Blum is the astounding experiences he’s had

He is an engaging performer

SHOWMAG.COM

Larry Blum is a hysterical, astute personality who speaks the truth no matter how embarrassing it might be. He is the go-to guy when you want to find out some gossip on anyone.

His hilarious one-man show, “BLINK and You Might Miss Me,” is a treasure of entertaining tidbits about Blum’s career in show business

Blum’s gregarious personality is infectious and extremely fun to watch. He has a special way of connecting with the audience, by providing them a front-row seat to his journey of hitting the big time. His resume is a long list of major accomplishments that gives him the right to be declared a star.

KAREN SALKIN"S “IT” NOT ALL ABOUT ME"

so delightful, so entertaining, so mirthful,

I absolutely loved Larry Blum’s one-man show, Blink & You Might Miss Me

His whole act was riveting

He left us wanting more.

Funny, happy, uplifting, cheerful, charming, dishy, well-written, and well-presented evenings in the theatre

BIOS

Larry Blum began his career in show business dancing in productions of I Married An Angel starring Phyllis Newman, Bye Bye Birdie starring Lucie Arnaz and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Van Johnson. After playing the role of Greg in the international production of A Chorus Line, Larry settled in Los Angeles and danced on The Third
Barry Manilow Special, The Bea Arthur Special, The Tonight Show, the Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics, The People’s Choice Awards, and Solid Gold. His film credits include Xanadu and 18 Again (with George Burns), and he has appeared on the television series Roseanne, The Jeffersons, The Golden Girls, and The Garry Shandling Show, among others.

Stan Zimmerman is a writer, producer, and director. With his writing partner James Berg, Stan worked on such classic series as The Golden Girls and Roseanne (penning the now infamous ‘lesbian kiss’ episode), both of which received WGA Award nominations for Best
Comedy Writing. Other television writing credits include The Gilmore Girls, the Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks (which they also created), and both Brady Bunch movies. On his own, Stan his written for Emmy Magazine and starred in Situation: Comedy, a Bravo series produced by Sean Hayes.
He made his stage directing debut with the 30th anniversary revival of Gemini at Celebration Theatre, followed by A Tuna Christmas at Theatre Asylum and Spike Heels at Actor’s Circle Theater.

Combined Artform was founded in 1998 by Matthew Quinn and Steve Kahn, and is on a mission to develop and combine all arts in order to pioneer the arts of the future. Combined Artform has collaborated with actors, singers, filmmakers, sketch comedy groups, musicians, and improv and fine artists in more than 100 shows in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. C.A. has also developed several online workshops, including, among others, stage management and public relations. For more info, please visit www.combinedartform.com.

production team

larry blum *
writer & performer
sara gunderson *
stage manager

* Fringe Veteran