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BLINK and You Might Miss Me

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Larry Blum, last name rhymes with 'glum,' 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. He's not as recognizable as actors Matthew McConaughey or Al Pacino, but if you saw Blum you could easily pick him out of comedian line-up. His charismatic personality and bigger-than-life persona are what reels a person in and lets the audience bask in his clever storytelling.

Blum began his illustrious entertainment career as an on-camera talent escort. You've seen these people. They are the ones who escort the winners on an award show up the steps to receive their Oscar, Grammy, or Tony award and say a few words. At his show, Blum's overhead projection shows him escorting Academy Award winner Meryl Streep receiving her Golden Globe award for her role in the 1977 film "Julia." She would win her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting role for the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.

Blum admits coming from a "show-biz" family. There was no temple on Saturdays but Chinese food was the staple Sunday dinner at his house. He collected everything about goddess Elizabeth Taylor. Blum was on a quest to becoming a celebrity. He was a dancer in the 1980's show and movie, respectively, "Solid Gold," and "Xanadu" starring Olivia Newton-John. He performed in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," with Lucie Arnaz. He also auditioned for "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Blum disclosed that he worked behind the scenes on a gay porn film. He made it sound innocent and was very nonchalant about it. He recalls his first dancing job at the 5th Annual Peoples Choice Awards back in 1979.

Blum was a contestant on the "The Dating Game" show. He had a regular gig on the television series "Roseanne" for about three years. To this day, Blum does spots on the daytime serials, "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." He continues to work on the Tony awards--going nine years strong.
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.

"BLINK & You Might Miss Me" runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Sunday, February 6 at The Asylum Lab Theatre located at 1078 Lillian Way (Santa Monica Blvd & Lillian Way). Reserve online at www.plays411.com/blink or call (323) 960-1055.

 

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