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A headshot of comedian Larry Perewiznyk. 
Perewiznyk performing at the recent special Halloween Comedy Night at The Old Trolley Theatre.
Larry as “Jake Finger” at the Shortwave Kitsch’s “When Men Were Men?” this fall at Flowertown Players.
Larry on stage with actress Maddie Casto. 

A headshot of comedian Larry Perewiznyk. 
Perewiznyk performing at the recent special Halloween Comedy Night at The Old Trolley Theatre.
Larry as “Jake Finger” at the Shortwave Kitsch’s “When Men Were Men?” this fall at Flowertown Players.
Larry on stage with actress Maddie Casto. 
I heard about Comedian Larry Perewiznyk through fellow comic Andy Livengood of The Old Trolley Theatre here in Summerville as I had profiled Andy within the last few months. Larry performs once a month at that theatre. He created and participated in a “Halloween Comedy Jam” there on Oct. 28.
A resident of Mount Pleasant, Perewiznyk also performs about three to four times per week in downtown Charleston at such venues as Theatre 99, Threshold Rep, The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, the South of Broadway Theatre, and the Charleston Stage. He has also recently performed as character Jake Finger with Shortwave Kitsch’s “When Men Were Men?” production at Flowertown Players back on Oct. 8 which was a hoot! Larry enjoys both comedy and horror genres.
Regan: Larry, how did you first get involved with comedy? Explain why you like both comedy and horror.
Perewiznyk: I was cast in the show, “Lives of the Saints,” which was directed by Greg Tavares at Theatre99 back in 2001. From there, I performed in a number of plays with the theater company Short Plays On The Side, or “SPOTS” for short. A year later, I started taking improv comedy classes at Theatre99 and I have been a regular “house” player ever since. I have always loved comedy and horror. They are the extremes of emotions. Having my blood pumping from laughing so hard or screaming in terror is exhilarating and is a great stress reliever.
R: Did you have to learn how to be funnier than you naturally are, or do you feel your comedy skits usually come easy to you? Is this a full-time job for you or do you have a regular day job?
P: I get my sense of humor from my mom. We are always trying to make each other laugh. Comedy can be developed. It’s like a muscle — you just have to work it out. The more you do it, the easier it gets. It also helps to get training, whether taking a class or meeting and working with other people. My full-time job is entertainment. Besides performing at Theatre99 and the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater, I work as a stagehand, set builder, puppet builder and puppeteer, props and effects fabricator, and magician.
R: How did your recent “Halloween Comedy Jam” go?
P: I am really happy how it turned out. It was such a great night with comedy sketches, improv, amputations, short films, trick-or-treating, stand-up and horrible singing. Can’t wait to do it again!
R: Who are some of your favorite comedians and/or films and why?
P: Jordan Peele. I love how he approaches both comedy and horror, not for cheap laughs or gory scares, but as social commentaries. I really enjoy watching the movie “Caddyshack,” as I love it for the cheap laughs.
R: Do you have any stories within you that you would like to write a book about comedy or perhaps a comedy film?
P: I am working on a couple of ideas for films. One is about a butler that solves a murder mystery, and another involves a rag tag team of paranormal investigators. With puppets.
R: You did an incredible job as the character Jake Finger in Shortwave Kitsch’s “When Men Were Men?” on Oct. 8 at Flowertown Players. How did you prepare for that role? Is that kind of role your ideal type of acting to do because you were so great in that!
P: That was such a wonderful show to be a part of. That was the first time I had ever performed in a radio play, and it was a blast. Brandon is such a great writer and director, with a lot of patience. I had done similar characters before and Brandon, along with Shortwave Kitsch’s co-creator Maddie Casto, knew what they wanted and worked with me and were able to communicate their ideas clearly. I also drew inspiration for the character of Jake Finger from the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater co-founder Darryl Wade. Of course, I only looked good because of the actors I was performing with. Everyone in that production was talented, professional, and generous. I look forward to working with them again sometime in January.
R: You have done various short films as well. Do you also act in dramas or do you predominantly work in comedy?
P: Yes, I have done a few “serious” films and plays. It’s always nice to stretch that muscle.
R: What’s your advice to others who are interested in comedy? What is next for you?
P: Take improv and traditional acting classes. Go to open mics. Meet and talk to people who have the same interests as you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If a comedy set or scene doesn’t work, don’t beat yourself up about it. Take notes on what went wrong and how you can improve on it. If you learn something from a bad show, then it’s not a failure. What’s next for me? That’s a secret!
FMI: https://www.facebook.com/larry.perewiznyk
Mary E. Regan, Columnist, is a Freelance Publicist with her ProPublicist.com consultancy.
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