“THE OPENING ACT” NOW AVAILABLE!
THE OPENING ACT: COMEDY, LIFE AND THE DESPERATE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
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Written by local comedian Larry Noto with best-selling author Kevin Cowherd, “The Opening Act: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness” is the true story of a comedian you’ve never heard of.
Noto, a Baltimore native, has performed stand-up in New York, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and his beloved hometown. He’s opened for some of the biggest names in the business: Richard Lewis, Brad Garret, Lewis Black, Brian Regan, Bob Saget and many more.
But while he’s been lucky to work with some of the greats and hone his comedy chops, Larry admits he never really went for it. Never moved to Manhattan or L.A., never played every crappy open-mic night and soul-sucking 1 a.m. gig in front of 50 drunks until he was – God, how he hated this word! – discovered.
That’s what this book is about, too. It’s about having a dream, getting a taste of it, but always knowing you weren’t willing to risk it all to get to the very top.
It’s about finding happiness in what you’ve accomplished, versus dwelling on what you haven’t.
It’s about discovering a life purpose and defining success based on that – not the judgment or perception of others.
It’s about remaining the opening act – and finally finding a quiet joy in oneself.
Filled with behind-the-scenes stories, Noto’s classic comedy routines and reflections on the “desperate” pursuit of happiness, “The Opening Act” will be published by Apprentice House Press this December.
Upcoming Book Signings and Events:
- Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 – Magooby’s Joke House in Timonium – 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. – Larry will perform live and sign purchased books after each show
- Monday, December 21 – Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley – 6:30 p.m.
Information and details are available at www.LarryNoto.com.
In addition to stand up comedy, Larry Noto has worked in radio and television. As a producer, he earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the “Rodricks for Breakfast” show on the ABC-TV affiliate in Baltimore. He’s also an award-winning marketing professional who has held positions at Visit Baltimore, Harbor Magic Hotels in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and most recently, National Aquarium.
Baltimore sports fans will recognize Noto as the creator of the popular “In Buck We Trust” T-shirts and the “Frozen”-inspired spoof, “Let’s Go O’s: Magic Unfrozen.”
Kevin Cowherd is the author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., of The New York Times best-seller “Hothead” and four other baseball novels for young readers. His last book for Apprentice House Press was “Hale Storm: The Incredible Saga of Baltimore’s Ed Hale, Including a Secret Life with the CIA.”
He has also written for Men’s Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, “Last Call at the 7-Eleven.” He was an award-winning sports columnist and features writer for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years before leaving the newspaper in 2013.