"The Mob was an integral part of everything"
February 20, 2012 6:27 AM Subscribe
The Comedians, The Mob and the American Supperclub,
posted by oneswellfoop (22 comments total)
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all about the years when mobsters controlled not just Las Vegas but most of the clubs where singers and comedians performed all across the U.S. (many old-timers say they preferred the mob-ownership to the modern corporate-ownership), and the sad story of one mobbed-up comic, Allen Drake.
By Kliph Nesteroff, who also wrote the semi-related Why Shecky Greeene isn't just another 'Shecky'
(plus a two-part interview
from his blog)
The writings of 'Listener Kliph' at the always-hard-on-the-eyes WFMU's Beware of the Blog
posted here before featured The Schleppers
, Woody Allen
, George Carlin
, Betty White
, Pigmeat Markham (and others in this post)
, Cary Grant on LSD
and Jerry Lewis' short-lived talk show
His own blog, Classic Showbiz
, has, over the last 5 years, featured over 50 interviews with TV and comedy legends (like Shecky above) and thousands
of television clips (plus a secondary blog has a few hundred eclectic TV cartoons
Some more of the best of Kliph NOT previously here include...
The Hanna-Barbera record label (it wasn't all cartoon theme songs)
The fantasy film that did NOT make a star of Tom Poston
Whatever became of the guy who wrote all those 'Whatever Became Of...' books?
The cartoon voices of Bill "Droopy" Thompson
and Walter "Sherman" Tetley
Character actor Jack Elam's lazy eye and what he has in common with Bob Newhart
and Erik Estrada's pre-CHIPS fame in "The Cross and the Switchblade"