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A stand-up comic's story of opening for comedy legends, experiencing a dream, but never taking the big risks to try and really make it.
A stand-up comic's story of opening for comedy legends, experiencing a dream, but never taking the big risks to try and really make it.
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"THE OPENING ACT: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness" is the true story of a comedian you've never heard of.

You'll hear what it's been like opening for comedy legends such as Brian Regan, Lewis Black, Richard Lewis, Paul Reiser, Bob Saget, Damon Wayans, Louie Anderson, Dom Irrera, Jay Mohr and many others. 

Larry with Lewis Black
Larry with Lewis Black

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of being a comedian. I would entertain my friends and family with jokes from comedians I saw on TV. I mastered impressions I saw on Saturday Night Live. I didn't know who Julia Child was... but I know who Dan Akroyd imitating Julia Child was. I made short films, dubbing from VHS to VHS with two VCRs. 

Cover of Larry's Christmas card one year.
Cover of Larry's Christmas card one year.

And even though I never quit my day job, I've been lucky. I performed in New York, Las Vegas and California. I've done TV and radio. I worked with some of my comedy heros. 

Larry working with Paul Reiser
Larry working with Paul Reiser

But... I never really went for it. 

And that's what the book is about. It's about having a dream, getting a taste of it, but always knowing you were never willing to risk what you needed to in order to achieve it. 

It's about finding happiness in what you've succeeded and not focusing on what you haven't or envying others for what they have. It's discovering your life purpose and basing your succcess on that and not on the judgement of others. 

Every show has a beginning, a middle and an end. It has it's high moments and times of pure joy. It has its moments of utter frustration where it seems like nothing is going to work. As they say, the show must go on. It's a lot like life.

Risks and challenges

"The Opening Act" will be published this holiday season. While we can't announce the publisher quite yet, we have agreement on the book and the timeline.

I've hired Kevin Cowherd to be my co-author on the book. Kevin was a columnist for The Sun for over 30 years and a published author of books with baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and the recent biography on business mogul Ed Hale.

I've known Kevin for almost 20 years, going back to my days of interning for the "Rodricks for Breakfast" show on the ABC affiliate in Baltimore.

Kevin and I are in the middle of writing the book right now. I'm putting up the majority of the funding but need your help. With your support, the book will be on the shelves in December of this year!

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    You'll receive a personal thank you and a set of limited edition, hand-numbered post cards featuring artwork inspired by comedian Larry Noto's material and other creative projects.

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    BE THE FIRST TO GET THE BOOK!
    With this pledge, you'll get a hard cover copy of "THE OPENING ACT: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness" autographed by comedian Larry Noto and co-author Kevin Cowherd.

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    GIVE THE GIFT OF COMEDY!!
    Get TWO copies of the book, "THE OPENING ACT: Comedy Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness," both signed by comedian Larry Noto and co-author Kevin Cowherd.

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    - Two sets of limited-edition, hand-numbered postcards featuring artwork inspired by Larry's comedy and other creative projects.

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    BE A PART OF THE BOOK!
    You'll be listed as an official supporter in the book!

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    - A hard cover copy of "THE OPENING ACT: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness" autographed by comedian Larry Noto and co-author Kevin Cowherd
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    CELEBRATE THE BOOK LAUNCH LIVE!
    Receive a ticket to the official book launch party which will feature comedians, video clips of comedian Larry Noto's work and a Q&A session of Larry by Kevin Cowherd. The event will be held at a Baltimore area venue to be determined on a week night in November/December.

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    - Be listed in the book as an official supporter

    - A hard cover copy of "THE OPENING ACT: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness" autographed by Larry Noto and co-author Kevin Cowherd.

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    LARRY PERFORMS LIVE AT YOUR EVENT!
    As a thank you for your generous support, Larry will perform stand-up comedy live at your event. Please note, some travel expenses may apply.

    ALSO:
    - A ticket to the official book launch party which will feature comedians, video clips of Larry's work and a Q&A session of Larry by Kevin Cowherd. The event will be held at a Baltimore area venue to be determined on a week night in November/December.

    - Be listed in the book as an official supporter and get a hard cover copy of "THE OPENING ACT: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness" autographed by comedian Larry Noto and co-author Kevin Cowherd.

    - Set of limited-edition, hand-numbered postcards featuring artwork inspired by Larry's comedy and other creative projects.

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