My First Opening Act Gig with Mrs. Brady

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Over the years I’ve had the privilege of opening for many A names. But my first time opening was a good enough way to begin… Read More

1st Night in New York City Comedy

 

It was my third or fourth time doing comedy in Philly when another comic told me about a club in New York that was making room for new showcase spots. A showcase was 3-5 minutes of stage time given to a new comic to try stuff out in between the 3 professional acts. Nowadays there’s no such thing Read More

Sneaking into The Grammys!

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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, flat topped Afro, African American woman probably in her 30s, and she scared the piss out of me. Read More

Where My Puppet Obsession Began

 

One night my parents were entertaining and they sat my down for the premiere of The New Howdy Doody Show. It was 1976 and the producers of the Original Howdy Doody Show decided to bring it back in living color … or “livid color” as Mr. Doody told me when we met years later. Read More

First TV Job / Miles Davis

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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. That, and I had passes to invite the prettiest girls in my grade to score points since I had no “wooing” qualities. Read More

The Star That Wouldn’t Come Out For the Bow

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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” in the 1970’s Batman TV series… Read More

“Jerry Van Dyke Money”

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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 playing The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana when I get a call Read More

Mob Boss, “Little Nicky” Scarfo

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It was around 1998 and I thought I was going to retire the act and find a new career when I got a call for a summer gig headlining a new show in Atlantic City. .. Read More

After 40: Going Once! Going Twice …

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My older sister is a lawyer, wife, mother, board member on the City Council, the Celiac Organization and the Special Olympics.  I tell jokes and play with dolls. More specifically, I am a 23 year comedy act.

 

Our phone calls usually go something like this. Read More