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December 27, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
For Huntington Beach comic Jerry Miner, the future is probably bright enough to require shades, and the present ain't looking too shabby, either. In March of 1985, when he was in the infancy of his stand-up career, Miner was working as a doorman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach. By June of '86, he had moved from opening to middle-act status and started getting bookings outside of Orange County, including some road trips through Northern California.
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March 4, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Back in the mid-'80s, comic Jerry Miner worked the Laff Stop in Newport Beach almost every night--as a doorman. Miner went on to become a headlining comic and an accomplished comedy writer, but the ongoing slump in the stand-up business now has him hungry for work. The comedy bust has also had its effect on the Laff Stop, which has switched its focus from comedy to topless dancing. "That's the place that gave me my break," Miner, 31, said the other day.
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March 4, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Back in the mid-'80s, comic Jerry Miner worked the Laff Stop in Newport Beach almost every night--as a doorman. Miner went on to become a headlining comic and an accomplished comedy writer, but the ongoing slump in the stand-up business now has him hungry for work. The comedy bust has also had its effect on the Laff Stop, which has switched its focus from comedy to topless dancing. "That's the place that gave me my break," Miner, 31, said the other day.
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June 1, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Jerry Miner, who began his career while working as a doorman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach in the mid-'80s, placed first last year in not one, but two, major Southern California comedy competitions--the San Diego Laff-Off and the Captain Morgan Laff-Off at the Irvine Improv. So what impact did the two big wins have on his career? "Absolutely nothing," Miner said. "The one thing it did was it got me in front of the guy that books 'The Tonight Show.' He was one of the judges.
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February 21, 1991 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
It's not a bad idea, though it is rare, something to do with clashing egos and costing too much. But having two headliners instead of just one worked well Tuesday night at the Improv in Pacific Beach. Los Angeles-based friends Rick Corso, who won the 1989 San Diego Laff-Off contest, and Jerry Miner, who won the 1990 version, were paired for the evening.
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June 1, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Jerry Miner, who began his career while working as a doorman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach in the mid-'80s, placed first last year in not one, but two, major Southern California comedy competitions--the San Diego Laff-Off and the Captain Morgan Laff-Off at the Irvine Improv. So what impact did the two big wins have on his career? "Absolutely nothing," Miner said. "The one thing it did was it got me in front of the guy that books 'The Tonight Show.' He was one of the judges.
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June 6, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Jerry Miner, a Santa Monica comic with a cockeyed view of pizza, paranoia, suicidal bees and shopping, won the "Captain Morgan Laff Off" at the Improv on Monday night, besting a field that originally included 48 stand-ups. He beat five other finalists, all with several professional credits, who had also survived the contest, which has been played out at the club every Monday since May 7. Miner's prize was $4,000 and four weeks of Improv bookings.
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October 12, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
Three comedians, including local-boys-made-good Jerry Miner and Chris Verwiel, perform tonight at 8 at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center in a benefit for the Irvine-based Community Service Programs. Tom McGillen, an Improvisation favorite, headlines the event, which is to raise money for programs targeting child abuse, drug abuse, homeless youths and victims of crime.
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June 2, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
The competition heats up in the "Captain Morgan Laff Off" Sunday and Monday at the Irvine Improv, as the monthlong contest winds to a close. Four Mondays of comedy one-upmanship have narrowed the field of hopefuls from 48 to 17 for Sunday's semifinals. The four survivors will move on to Monday's finals, where they will compete for a top prize of $4,000 and four weeks of bookings at the Improv. Second and third prizes are $1,000 and $500 respectively, each with three weeks of Improv bookings.
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March 13, 1989 | CATHERINE M. SPEARNAK
Homelessness is no laughing matter, but San Diego's street people will benefit from a few laughs tonight when The Improv comedy club donates the evening's proceeds as part of the third national Comic Relief effort to help the homeless. San Diego is one of 23 cities across the country that will hold a local comedy show to help publicize Comic Relief, a four-hour live benefit to be broadcast on HBO at 9 p.m. Saturday.
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February 21, 1991 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
It's not a bad idea, though it is rare, something to do with clashing egos and costing too much. But having two headliners instead of just one worked well Tuesday night at the Improv in Pacific Beach. Los Angeles-based friends Rick Corso, who won the 1989 San Diego Laff-Off contest, and Jerry Miner, who won the 1990 version, were paired for the evening.
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June 6, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Jerry Miner, a Santa Monica comic with a cockeyed view of pizza, paranoia, suicidal bees and shopping, won the "Captain Morgan Laff Off" at the Improv on Monday night, besting a field that originally included 48 stand-ups. He beat five other finalists, all with several professional credits, who had also survived the contest, which has been played out at the club every Monday since May 7. Miner's prize was $4,000 and four weeks of Improv bookings.
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December 27, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
For Huntington Beach comic Jerry Miner, the future is probably bright enough to require shades, and the present ain't looking too shabby, either. In March of 1985, when he was in the infancy of his stand-up career, Miner was working as a doorman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach. By June of '86, he had moved from opening to middle-act status and started getting bookings outside of Orange County, including some road trips through Northern California.
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October 3, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Louie Anderson will headline the second annual All-Star Comedy Show on Saturday at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center. The show, which also features Jerry Miner and Peter Gaulke, will benefit the Irvine-based Community Service Programs, a nonprofit human services agency serving Orange County with a variety of programs, including shelter for troubled and runaway youths, family crisis intervention and services for child-abuse victims.
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March 5, 1985 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
One minute's worth a month: that's about how much exceptional material an aspiring comedian can hope to write and refine for his or her act. And there are hundreds of would-be comedians putting in long hours in an effort to add more minutes to a routine and to polish that routine, hoping their efforts will lead to the big time--working in television and film, appearing on "The Tonight Show" or headlining at a key comedy club.
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