Kids get grown-up laughs at NYC comedy club

January 12, 2013 • Entertainment

In this Dec. 16, 2012 photo, teenage comedian Eric Kurn performs his stand-up act during the “Kids ‘N Comedy” show at Gotham Comedy Club in New York. Children can get grownup laughs at a monthly comedy show in Manhattan where homework, parents and the awkwardness of adolescence rule the stage. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

NEW YORK (AP) — Baby-faced 16-year-old Eric Kurn climbed onto the comedy club stage, gave the packed room a look of wide-eyed cluelessness and launched into his deadpan bit: “I think it’s time I had a girlfriend. … There’s just one little problem. None of the girls I know think it’s time I had a girlfriend.”

“Even some of the girls I don’t know yet agree with that,” the redhead went on like a teenage Rodney Dangerfield, to cascades of laughter.

With the afternoon crowd of 300 won over, Kurn coasted through his act, touching on the art of adolescent lying and lamenting that parents can use technology to check homework and grades online.

That’s the way it goes with “Kids ‘N Comedy,” a nearly 17-year-old laugh train that gives some budding class clowns, ages 9 to 18, a chance to learn the nuances of comedy without facing a trip to the principal’s office.

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