michael ziegfeld


KYW-TV3 - Philadelphia was  a training ground for top talk show producers working today. I worked for Ed Glavin (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Glenn Davish (The View), Lynn MacCauley (Ricki Lake) and others.   I was originally assigned to a Saturday morning teen show called “Check It Out” with executive producer, Janet King Johnson. Slim,...

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Around 15 years old, a neighbor who worked at Channel 17 in Philadelphia gave me passes to dance on the TV show “Dancin On Air”, a sort of American Bandstand rip off for the 80s trailer trash of the tri-state area.   I wasn’t a dancer but that wasn’t the point. I’d be on television....

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In today’s comedy scene you don’t see a lot of variety acts as household names … magicians, jugglers, impressionists, only ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has been able to semi-integrate. But in the impressionist world, before guys named Danny Gans, Fred Travalena or Rich Little, there was Frank Gorshin, most noted for his role as “The Riddler”...

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 Atlantic City Casinos were a hot spot for entertainment through the mid 70’s and 80’s until the late 90’s. I built a good name and got many of my opening opportunities there as an opening act, a comedy club comic, and as a comedy guest star of the big singer/dancer revue shows.   I was...

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