“I don’t mind stupid people”: Stand-up comic Larry Amoros on Night Flight’s “Comedy Cuts”

By on December 11, 2018

In this vintage 1990 episode of syndication-era programming — which is sort of a comedy-laced grab bag of goodies — we offered up a delicious little slice of Night Flight’s popular “Comedy Cuts,” this time featuring stand-up comedian Larry Amoros.

Watch it now on Night Flight Plus.


About thirty-two minutes into this wacky episode, we’re introduced to stand-up comic Larry Amoros, who — after talking to the audience a little bit about his religion (he says “I’m actually half-Jewish, I’m half-and-half, I don’t mean I’m a dairy creamer…”) — asks a few of them what their religion is.

He then notes that couples in the audience seem to be attracted to their opposite:

“Everybody wants someone different. You know, I guess I’m kinda like my father — I want a woman who burps and farts at the table and scratches her balls in public.”


Amoros was also featured in Part Four of our December 31, 1982 New Year’s Eve Special, where he explains that he’s appearing onstage because he canceled having an operation that day:

“I was going to have a colostomy, but I couldn’t find shoes to go with the bag, so I figured, ‘what the hell, I’ll come here.'”


Amoros then launches into a tirade about having eat breakfast at McDonald’s that morning (one of the reasons he says he’s not feeling too well that evening).

Not only did he have a problem with the quality of McDonald’s food, but he also had problems with the quality of the people working behind the counter:

“Now, I don’t mind stupid people. I figure, look, you marry your sister, a chromosome kicks, it’s a pity… but it happens. I do mind ugly…”


In the 1980s, Amoros burst on to the comedy scene, working the stand-up comedy circuit in New York, and appearing in the 7th Annual Young Comedians Show 1982 comedy special taped at New York City’s famed Catch A Rising Star, the long-time launching pad for comic talent.

The show — which was broadcast on HBO — featured several stand-up acts including Steven Wright, and it was hosted by the great Alan King (this show occasionally airs on the HBO Comedy channel, so check your local listings).


More recently, Amoros has written jokes for Barry Manilow (yep, jokes!), Susie Essman (best known for her role as “Susie Greene” on Larry David’s HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and for many, many funny people.

Amoros still keeps pretty busy, apparently, penning and producing comedy material for various TV shows, working as a writer-for-hire, creative consultant and joke contributor to the annual Mark Twain Prize and other award shows and comedy roasts like the New York Friar’s Club, writing a lot of those corny groaners you hear people zinging off at the mic.


Amoros is probably best known for having been a longtime writer for comediennes Joy Behar (on her “The Joy Behar Show”) and the late, great Joan Rivers, working as a consulting producer on several of her TV series, including “How’d You Get So Rich?” (2009), “Better Half” (2007) and her comedy special Joan Rivers: Don’t Start with Me (2012), among other projects.

Amoros was a long-time family friend and writer for both Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers (both were hosts of the E! Channel’s “Fashion Police,” to which Amoros also contributed behind-the-scenes).


Amoros has also ghost-written and/or co-written several of Joan Rivers’ New York Times‘ List best-sellers, including 2012’s I Hate Everyone Starting with Me, and Joan of Snark (among others).

He also makes an appearance in the documentary film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010).


Amoros also co-wrote Behar’s 2017 book The Great Gasbag: An A-to-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World.

Additionally, Amoros’ has written or co-written books of his own, or contributed to books written by several writers, including Monica’s Untold Story: An Amorality Tale (a parody book attributed to Monica Lewinsky).


Read more about Larry Amoros and this special episode of vintage Night Flight below.


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We went online to find a few more examples of Larry Amoros’s darkly-tinged humor and found these great little nuggets of black comedy:

“My father’s too nice. He’s like the nicest man in the world. He could say something nice about anybody — I mean, anybody. So finally one day I got fed up with it. I said, ‘Alright, Dad, what about John Wayne Gacy? Killed thirty five people, buried them under the house.’ My father goes, ‘Well, he’s not lazy, and he’s a home owner.'”

“Ed Gein — he’s the guy that Hannibal Lecter was based on, ‘Hannibal the Cannibal.’ He made furniture out of people. Isn’t that nice? ‘Is that a Chippendale?’ ‘No, that’s Bob Weinstein.'”


This vintage 1990 episode of Night Flight also features one of our popular mash-ups, this one called “What To Do On A Date,” where we re-purposed 1950s-era educational film scenes and sequenced them into a manic fever dream of experimental video.

The episode takes a darker turn with John Auerbach‘s Hitchcock-ian 1982 short film The Phone Call.

Auerbach has directed episodes of the 1980s-era horror-themed TV shows “TerrorVision” (1988) and “Monsters” (1989), and mainly worked as a sound editor on projects like Liquid Sky (1982), Jim Jarmusch’s em>Stranger Than Paradise (1984) and Down By Law (1986) and multiple episodes of “Tales from the Darkside” (1984-1985).


Then, stay tuned for more comedy gold, including public domain gems like Curly Howard’s “Disorder in the Court” and select scenes from the 1937 exploitation classic Cocaine Fiends!

Watch this vintage 1990 episode of Night Flight — featuring Larry Amoros on “Comedy Cuts” — on Night Flight Plus!


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.