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Warren Durso Interview

I want to welcome my good buddy Warren Durso to BTS Entertainment Corner. It’s great to have someone I’ve known and worked with for many years in the segment! 

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 25: Comedian Warren Durso arrives at the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E at the Plaza Hotel & Casino on September 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 25: Comedian Warren Durso arrives at the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E at the Plaza Hotel & Casino on September 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)

Here’s some backstory on Warren: Warren Durso is a native New Yorker, and started his entertainment career playing drums professionally at the age of 9 years old. In the early 90s Warren met comedian Ron Bennington, from the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Clearwater, Florida, where he played a character called “The Curtain Boy” on the syndicated radio show. Warren became a regular favorite at Ron Bennington’s Comedy Scene.Warren toured with Sam Kinison’s “Outlaws of Comedy” featuring Jimmy Shubert, Carl LaBove, Mitchell Walters, and Warren Durso as Ron Bennington’s Disciples of Comedy selling out 2000-seat theaters throughout the Southeastern United States.

Warren performed stand-up comedy all around the world with the likes of Jeff Dunham & Peanut, Amazing Jonathan, Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx, Billy Gardell, Larry The Cable Guy and SNL cast members Jim Breuer, Darrell Hammond, and Norm McDonald to name a few. Warren has written comedy for George Wallace, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, Daniel Tosh and many, many others.

Warren has acted in two feature films released in 2008. They are titled, Cutoff featuring Faye Dunaway, Malcolm McDowell, Anne Archer, Kurupt, and Amanda Brooks; and Even Money featuring Danny Devito, Kim Basinger, Forrest Whittaker, Kelsey Grammer, and directed by Mark Rydell.

1)  Warren, it’s a pleasure to have you here. My first question is about your journey to Las Vegas where you now reside. How did you find yourself there, and do you think you’re there for the long haul? 

I WAS PLAYING A BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB IN ATLANTA, IT WAS THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 16 – 18, 2013. THE SECOND SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT WAS ABOUT TO START AND MY PHONE RINGS, IT’S JOE SANFELIPPO, THE PRESIDENT OF BONKERZ. HE ASKED ME IF I WANTED MY OWN SHOW 6 NIGHTS A WEEK AT THE PLAZA HOTEL, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, INSIDE A NICE 100-SEAT ROOM AFTER LOUIE ANDERSON WAS FINISHED PERFORMING IN THE SHOWROOM. I SAID YES, WHEN? HE SAID, “TOMORROW AT 9AM DON’T MISS YOUR FLIGHT!!” IT LASTED NINE MONTHS WITH HIGH ACCOLADES! I LOVE LAS VEGAS, BEEN HERE 5.5 YEARS AND DEFINITELY FOR THE LONG HAUL.

2) We worked together “Back in the Day”. I know we’ve talked about it, but what’s changed for you in the industry (Acting & Comedy) over the years? What do you see positive and negative in these changes?

ACTING HAS CHANGED FOR THE WORST. IT USED TO BE, IF YOU COULD ACT AND WERE GOOD AT IT AND THE AUDITIONING PROCESS, THEN YOU WOULD WORK STEADY ENOUGH TO KEEP YOUR SAG/AFTRA INSURANCE. TODAY, 2019, IF YOU DON’T HAVE MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA YOU WON’T SECURE AN AGENT OR EVEN A SOLID AUDITION. THERE ARE YOUTUBE STARS AND SOCIAL MEDIA STARS THAT WILL GO PAST THE AUDITION PROCESS AND GET A PART NOT BASED ON TALENTS, BUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA POPULARITY!!! 

I SEE THAT THE POSITIVE WILL BE TO RE-INVENT MYSELF AGAIN AS A SOLID PRODUCER, AND PRODUCE QUALITY COMEDY AS WELL AS DRAMATIC FILMS AND SHORT FILM CONTENT.

COMEDY, IN MY OPINION IS A WATERED-DOWN ART FORM 2019. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, SOCIETY OFFENDED BY EVERYTHING, AND EVERYONE DOING STAND-UP i.e.; PORN STARS RON JEREMY and STORMY DANIELS, RAPPER ACTOR ICON WILL SMITH, FOR EXAMPLES OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD! PLUS, WHEN WE WERE COMING UP 25 YEARS AGO THERE WERE 5000 CLUBS AND ABOUT 500 SOLID COMEDIANS, NOW THERE ARE 500 CLUBS AND 5000 COMICS. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMEDIANS AND COMICS IS COMICS SAY FUNNY THINGS, COMEDIANS SAY THINGS FUNNY!!

I SEE THAT THE POSITIVE WILL BE TO RE-INVENT MYSELF AGAIN AS A SOLID PRODUCER, AND PRODUCE QUALITY COMEDY AS WELL AS DRAMATIC FILMS AND SHORT FILM CONTENT.

  1. As we’ve grown as entertainers, do you think we should put ourselves in those boxes of “Comedian” or “Actor” or “Director” or just say the hell with it and call ourselves all around storytellers?

I AM A RENAISSANCE MAN, I DO ALL THESE JOBS VERY WELL AND I’M CONFIDENT. I HAVE ATTACHED MY ACTING REEL, COMEDY SHOW, AND A FEW SHORT MEDIA CLIPS OF MY STORYTELLING!

  1. I’ve been asked which one I like best, being a comedian or actor. I’ll ask you the same thing and tell you, I like them both equally and will continue to do both. Your thoughts? 

I LOVE STAND-UP COMEDY BECAUSE YOUR GRATIFICATION IS INSTANTANEOUS! IF YOU ARE NOT FUNNY, THE AUDIENCE LET’S YOU KNOW INSTANTLY AND WHEN YOU ARE FUNNY, IT IS JUST AS MATTER OF FACT! I LOVE ACTING IN A DIFFERENT WAY, AND I’M LEANING MORE TOWARDS THE ACTING/PRODUCING/WRITING ASPECT OF MY CAREER!

  1. What’s coming up for you? Where can people catch your shows or films? 

I HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL WHERE I PUT UP SOME STUFF UNDER WARREN DURSO. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF HAVING A WEBSITE BUILT WHICH WILL HAVE ALL OF ME IN ONE ARENA.

  1. Any advice for those folks coming up in the business or have been here awhile?  Warnings?

IF YOU ARE REALLY FUNNY IN YOUR HEART AND SOUL AND WANT TO BE A COMEDIAN, DO SOME OPEN MICS IN YOUR AREA.  AND WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN DOING OPEN MICS AND YOU ARE FUNNY IN FRONT OF A CROWD, MOVE TO NYC. THAT IS WHERE GREAT COMEDIANS HONE THEIR ACTS FOR THE ROAD AND THEIR MATERIAL BECOMES NATIONAL RATHER THAN REGIONAL, AND IT CAN WORK ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. STAY AWAY FROM POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS MATERIAL. TRUTHFULLY… JUST STAY IN SCHOOL AND START A BUSINESS ONLINE!!