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Dan Hirshon and Micah Sherman are a pair of standup guys who room together in Astoria. They teamed up on a comedy album.
Dan Hirshon and Micah Sherman are a pair of standup guys who room together in Astoria. They teamed up on a comedy album.

Funny stuff happens in the night in Astoria: And comics work up routines all day, too
BY LEIGH REMIZOWSKI
Monday, October 5, 2009

It’s not easy being a full-time comedian in a recession – just ask two regulars on New York City‘s standup circuit.

“The good thing is, everyone is looking to laugh,” said Dan Hirshon ofAstoria. “Especially now.”

But relying on the paycheck from gigs at bars and nightclubs won-t cut it for most comedians trying to make it in the Big Apple.

That’s why Hirshon, 27, and his roommate Micah Sherman, 28, perform around the clock – from creating homemade sketches for the Internet to producing broadcasts for the Sirius-XM radio waves.

Hirshon and Sherman met on the Boston standup circuit four years ago and decided soon after that their senses of humor meshed enough to collaborate.

Last year, they decided to compile their comedy sketches, most concocted between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. – after their nightly standup shows had ended – into an audio album called “Lampshades and Ottomans.”

“A lot of it revolves around a furniture salesman named Bob,” Sherman said of the album, which airs on satellite radio.

“It’s just absurd humor, like Monty Python,” Hirshon said.

Another of the album’s characters, Capt. Awkward, kills villains with his awkwardness. “I personally feel awkward almost nonstop,” said Hirshon, adding that the character is loosely based on himself.

Hirshon moved to Astoria two years ago because several of his comedian friends from Boston lived in the neighborhood. Sherman followed soon after.

“Most comics move to New York to do shows in Manhattan, but a lot of us live in Queens,” Sherman said. “Queens is a place for comedy to sleep,” he said.

Since most of their shows are at night, Hirshon and Sherman spend their days coming up with ideas for commercials, sketches and standup routines.

They also film sketches to post on YouTube, their personal Web sites and Facebook.

“Getting good at comedy takes a lot of passion and work,” said Sherman, who is also an actor. Most recently, he played a groomsman in the movie “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

The duo’s newest project is a pitch for a pop culture news show. “It’s a cross between the ‘Colbert Report‘ and ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ Sherman said. “It’s called Mr. Sherman-s Neighborhood.”

Ideas like these often come when the two are in their apartment shooting around ideas. “Our ah-ha moments are actually ah-ha-ha moments,” Sherman said.


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