Max Goldberg
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Max Goldberg

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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"Max Goldberg on Developing as a Comedian"

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"Defend Yourself! Max Goldberg"

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"'Scream Angrily At Sarah Palin': Comedian Max Goldberg Tries To Give Americans A Catharsis (VIDEO)"

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"Will the next Jay Leno please do stand-up?"

By Mark Shanahan, Globe Staff | February 7, 2005

The joke isn't working, and no one senses it more acutely than Max Goldberg. As he tries to salvage the bit about a sneaky six-story wall of water, he begins to rush the delivery, punctuating his riff with odd squeals.

''It's my first time with this joke," Goldberg finally admits, pausing to consider his next move. ''You know what? I'll just skip it. That's fine because, let's face it, it's too soon. Maybe in February it'll be humorous."

The crowd chuckles. It's not the laugh Goldberg was looking for, but he'll take it. A few minutes later, the curly-haired college student bounds offstage and trades high-fives with his classmates. It's ''Emerson Night" at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, and a crew of aspiring comedians from Jay Leno's alma mater are trying out some new material.

A celebrated breeding ground for cutups and quipsters -- Denis Leary, Steven Wright, and Laura Kightlinger all studied there -- Emerson is almost overrun these days by kids hoping to make a career of comedy. There are at least five sketch or improv troupes on campus; comedy-writing classes are over-enrolled; and students interested in stand-up have found a friend in Rick Jenkins, owner of the Comedy Studio.

''In putting these kids on, I'm doing the sort of mentoring I wish I had," says Jenkins, a former stand-up comedian who opened the club a decade ago. ''It's so unusual to have this many kids who're good. There's always been a lot of talent at Emerson, but there's even more now."

Mike Bent, who's been teaching comedy writing at Emerson for 17 years, says there are now eight or nine students who are serious about stand-up, and remarkably, all of them have original voices.

''None of them are 'doing' stand-up," says Bent, a comedian himself. ''They're not mimicking styles."

The professor's at a loss to explain the heightened interest in comedy, but doubts it has anything to do with money or fame. Bent says his students are aware of Emerson's famously funny alums, but they're not overly impressed.

''They care about the tradition, I think," he says, ''but I don't know if most would admit it." - Boston Globe


Still working on that hot first release.



Twenty-six year old Max Goldberg is a delightfully watchable comedian.

Originally from Los Angeles, Max studied comedy in the venerable Boston stand-up scene while attending Emerson College. Max currently tours his live comedy at colleges, clubs, and festivals around the United States. He also produces original web videos that have collectively garnered many millions of views.

Max is currently in development for an as-yet-unnamed cable television project with SyFy Channel.

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Fort Lewis College:

"Afterwards, over a dozen students waited to talk to Max: for an apathetic campus I was astonished. ...I highly recommend working with Max, we are looking at booking him again for next year's comedy series and look forward to welcoming him back to our campus!"

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

"Max Goldberg filled up the house with 380 students with a normal of 200 students. ...Max Goldberg’s performance has been one of the best performers in Embry-Riddle that BCA has brought. Students requested to bring him back in the fall semester because he was never dull and kept the crowed laughing throughout the night. ...I would recommend Max Goldberg to any campus that is looking for an awesome fun time."

Johnson & Wales University:

"Max was extremely easy to work with, and has gotten wonderful reviews on campus. I would highly recommend working with him and bringing him to your campus for an evening of great entertainment."