When people ask me what I do, I often reply with: “About what?” Wisecracking aside, I actually mean it. I’m a strong believer in transferable skills. If someone is a good improviser, they’re a good writer. If someone is a good actor, they might know a little about directing. My basic answer is: “I’m a comedian, a writer, and sometimes an actor.”
Tried to Grow Up in the Business
Growing up in a theatrical and musical household, both me and siblings were brought up in an environment that screamed showbiz and creativity. My father was a successful inventor, businessman and entrepreneur. Harold Green was head of advertising for Calvert, a liquor brand which later became Seagrams. He grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with Mel Kaminsky as his down the hall neighbor. Kaminsky became Brooks and that’s how I met the great comedy director through my dad. My dad knew comedian Alan King and wrote comedy for Xavier Cugat, and was close with Lee Solters, publicist of Hollywood legend who handled Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Micheal Jackson. My mother was a wonderful person and incredible talent. At the ripe young age of 17 Gloria Reshin was offered a studio contract by Warner Brothers. Her mother turned it down and both my parents - classic frustrated showbizers - became the ultimate showbiz parents. When I was a kid I used to play with Marvin Marx’s kids because my parents were friends with their parents. Marx was head writer on The Honeymooners. I went to school at Beverly Vista in Beverly Hills in the 1960’s and virtually every kid had parents in the business and some were actual child stars themselves. I grew up on the streets of 1960’s Beverly Hills, where you’d routinely see Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, Jimmy Stewart, James Cagney, walking into stores like regular people. I did my first TV commercial at age 5. (my joke is: “And, my career has been going down hill ever since…”)
Of ALL showbiz trades
I’ve done a little bit of everything and a lot of stand-up and writing in particular. When I lived in England, I acted on television, most notably hosting the Paramount Comedy Channel’s South Park Weekend. My most famous thing of course is the show at the London Palladium. 15 British and American comedians and a one Jerry Lewis, comedy icon. I created “High On Laughter” and got a portion broadcast on British television. I also wrote and directed a high budget short comedy zombie film in London. The 17 min film. The 60 second trailer. I’ve performed stand-up all across North America, the UK and Western Europe. In 2009 I was inspired me to found The Laughter Foundation.
"I'm a writer, you animal!" - Barton Fink
I’m a ghost writer for other comedians, some of them famous; all of them anonymous publicly by policy. I also write for other authors, screenwriters and help my clients by carefully sifting out the story from them and then collaborating until we have something we can both be proud of. I really enjoy helping others, especially when it comes to writing. Please check out my writing page.
Sometimes an actor
Last year I had a nice part in a post-Viet Nam PTSD film called “Railway Spine”. I played a gangster/art dealer. I got to yell and shoot a gun and it was all fun. I also had fun playing a Nazi who fought Wonder Woman in the Hollywood Fringe show “Vintage Box”. I just got my new acting reel together.
I’ve done voices for Garmin Navigation, Warner Brothers films, the BBC, Gallo Wine and Comedy Central UK. I specialize in national film trailers and commercial tag lines, but also do character and accents and am working on developing an animated TV series here in Hollywood. You can hear all my voice demos here. I’m proudly represented by Vanessa Gilbert at Solid Talent.
For the past 7 years, I’ve been writing reviews of comedians and plays and movies for The Jewish Journal online. It’s also a bit of a personal inner and outer travelogue.
These days I’m doing some local comedy gigs and story-telling shows and working on production of two films, one in particular, which is quite interesting and based on a little known international historical event.
I’ve just premiered a new comedy night in Hollywood at the legendary Cat & Fiddle Pub. “Bangers and Laughs” is a night of British comedy and we all pretend we’re actually in London. Fist one was tonight and we’re doing more!
I perform at the Roast Battle at The Comedy Store (2 and 4) and am always running or starting up a comedy night somewhere. Plus, I've done nude comedy a few times. Yup. Buck naked. But it’s not just me. The entire show and audience is nude! It’s weird. It's fun. It's unusual.
Probably the weirdest job I've ever had was "acting" in a mockumentary about "the world's worst comedian and human being"; written and directed by SNL and Triumph the Insult Dog writer Dave Sirus. In "Archie Black: The Worst", I played the fictional bad comedian and horrible human being Archie Black. All these top comedians like Pete Davidson from SNL are talking what a scumbag Archie is. How he steals their comedy material, sleeps with their girlfriends while doing their coke. When I asked Dave one time on my radio show how he came to choose me, Dave famously said: "When I thought about it, why look for an actor to play the world's worst comedian when I can easily find the actual world's worst comedian." Thanks Dave. I love you.
I'm an entertainer in whatever form that comes. As a writer, I love words. Even more than people sometimes. Words have meaning, whereas people are in search of meaning.
Call me; let's do something
I'm open to talking with anyone and believe the best things in life are dreams and kindness. I make it my pledge to God to be grateful every single day and to forgive people. Because, after all, they're only human. Whereas I am a robot.
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Steven Alan Green