Delightful Musical Entertainment
Bring the elegance of live piano & song to your special event – Broadway tunes, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, classic popular standards – blended with Ira's expressive, colorful singing.
Original, Custom-Written Tunes
Enjoy Ira's talk, story and song delivered with charming humor and heart. His cabaret, Off-Broadway, spontaneous style bring laughter and delight. His literary, storytelling songs are performed in the spirit of Tom Waits, Jacques Brell, Mose Allison and Sondheim.
A Professional MC: A Good Time Had By All
Does your event include testimonials, awards, celebration, participation? With Ira as MC, the audience is engaged, your evening runs smoothly.
Ira recently performed at my partner’s 40th birthday party. Ira sang, played the keyboard, and facilitated the roasting and toasting of the birthday boy. Ira was hilarious and really got everyone involved. Ira MADE the party! He was totally self sufficient with the keyboard/ speaker/ microphone set-up, which was a big relief since I was busy with other party prep. I was also extremely impressed with his ability to improvise and work with the audience during his performance. I would highly recommend having Ira entertain at your event!
Ira recently performed an engaging and heartwarming birthday show that was personal, interactive, and inspiring. I loved how well he engaged the audience and how uplifting the music was. Perfect addition to the party!
Ira did a wonderful job performing a read aloud for our elementary school literacy night! Families loved the story and were engaged the entire time with his character voices, music, and interacting questions. He even shared one of his original songs! I would highly recommend him for your next school event!
I saw the Ira Liss Show as part of a fundraiser for the Boulder Writers Warehouse on October 23rd. Ira sang, played piano and performed interactive spoken word pieces. He also featured talented local singer/songwriter Kelly Johnson and interviewed her. Everyone in the audience had a smile on their face the whole time. Ira has such a childlike spirit it takes you to a more innocent place inside yourself. That inner-world where laughter, joy, play, and spontaneous expression finally has permission to leap out of you. With so much darkness, cynicism, and stress in the actual world, I recommend the Ira Liss Show to anyone as a means toward instant salvation.
We hired the Ira Liss Show for our poetry "Howl-O-Ween" party knowing the charismatic songwriter would sing and play piano. We were excited to see all the scholarly people who showed up for his performance. And we were even more delighted with how engaged the whole audience got from his inspiring lyrics of love and triumph as well as his audience participation of "ooo"s and "ah"s. Everyone was laughing and clapping by the end of the show. His whimsical piano was the perfect accommpaniment with Ira and his big smile. We are thrilled to discover what excitement he will bring to our next party.
Ira melodies incorporate elements from Broadway of the past, the blues and heartfelt poetic lyrics in his unique story telling of his life. I enjoy his realness and humor about relationship, religion and aging. we are blessed to have this unique performer in our midst.go see him.
Ira has performed twice for our family. Once in the retirement community where my mother-in-law lives. He captivated not only Dorothy, but the residents and staff in her "neighborhood". He lifted their hearts.
Ira's second performance was for family members who had gotten together, traveling from different states. Ira's improv songs, especially written for our family, and old favorites had our group laughing, clapping, and tapping our toes as we reminisced!!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 100 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
If you are seeking an MC who can move your evening forward, gracefully and professionally cover your agenda and hit all the right notes, you found that MC! In Ira G. Liss, expect a performing artist who is well spoken, funny, clean, spontaneous and comfortable in front of your audience.
If you are seeking uniquely original musical comedy custom-written just for you and your special occasion, you've found the singer/songwriter and pianist who can pull it together and deliver the song (or songs!) and laughter for you and your audience.
If you are seeking an event where the entertainment gracefully integrates your family or company story, honors that special someone, follows the theme or agenda of your overall event and involves your entire audience – you found that entertainer. Expect interactive sing-along moments, fun moments where everyone moves and laughs together.
Would you like to see a song or songs created in the moment, on the spot, after inviting audience suggestions, comments and stories? Ira Liss, after decades of performing and teaching musical and theater improv, will deliver improvised song and comedy – on the spot, in the moment!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I've performed my originals at dozens of venues in NYC, Arizona and Colorado including the Boulder's Dairy Center, Denver's Mercury Cafe, NYC’s Original Improv Comedy Club and the Village Gate.
In recent years, I've served as assistant director, actor and musician with Boulder Playback Theatre. I've written, directed and produced an original musical comedy, Tyrannosaurus Sex (and other truths) and co-written and co-produced an earlier musical, Breaking Open.
Past Booked Events
|June 27, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 13, 2016 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
Influences & Inspiration
Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Stephen Sondheim, Randy Newman, Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter, Arlo Guthrie, John Lennon, Mose Allison, Fats Waller, Jackie Gleason