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Response to charlie and algernon (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 04:19 PM

47. To name two, Henny Youngman and Carrot Top...

...both on the same bill, at the Hollywood Palace, early 90s.

I had free tickets to a tv taping for some show that lasted maybe one season.

I did not know who was going to be on the bill, but those two were amongst those I saw perform. Don't remember anybody else who performed, they were that forgettable.

Prior to his introduction that night, I had never heard of Carrot Top, and I've barely have heard of him since.

Henny was quite funny, in person, even though he did the same schtick as he always had, as I'd seen on the tv many times before, and barely cracked a smile.

On another occasion, also in the early 90s, I went to a Grammy party at the Hollywood Friar's Club, held by the Los Angeles NARAS Chapter, and ran into Milton Berle. He wasn't there for the Grammy event, he was just hanging out. Just seeing him in person made me laugh, for some strange reason.

Probably around 1979 or so, I also saw Tim Leary doing his so-called "standup" (I had worked on a Leary comic book called "NEUROCOMICS," had met the acid guru several times, so I was on the guest list), but I wouldn't have called it "comedy."

Amusing, entertaining, sometimes enlightening, and yes, funny - in an offbeat way - but not, so much, "comedy." Also, the venue was the Los Angeles Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd, which was interesting, in and of itself.

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