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Encyclopedia > Alan King (comedian)
Alan King
Born December 26, 1927
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died May 9, 2004
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Alan King (December 26, 1927May 9, 2004), born Irwin Alan Kniberg, was an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well-known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes. December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... This article is about the country in North America. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... This article is about the country in North America. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ...

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Childhood

The youngest of several children, King spent his first years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Later, King's family moved to Brooklyn. King used humor to survive in the tough neighborhoods. As a child, King performed impersonations on street corners for pennies. Categories: Manhattan neighborhoods | Stub ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ...


When he was fourteen, King performed "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" on the radio program Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour. He lost first prize, but was invited to join a nationwide tour.


At fifteen, King dropped out of high school to perform comedy at the Hotel Gradus in the Catskill Mountains. After one joke that made fun of the hotel's owner, King was fired. He worked in Canada in a burlesque house while also fighting as a professional boxer. He won twenty straight fights before losing. Nursing a broken nose, King decided to quit boxing and focus on his comedy career. King began working as a doorman at the popular nightclub Leon and Eddie's while performing comedy under the last name of the boxer who beat him, "King." Catskill Escarpment and Blackhead Range as seen from Overlook Mountain The Catskill Mountains (also known as simply the Catskills) a natural area in New York State northwest of New York City and southwest of Albany, are not, despite their popular name, true geological mountains, but rather a mature dissected plateau... Photo of the Burlesque Troupe, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang Burlesque was originally a form of art that mocked by imitation, referring to everything from comic sketches to dance routines and usually lampooning the social attitudes of the upper classes. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism, prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science (a common nickname among fans), is a sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series... Clubbing, also known as a disco A nightclub (often shortened to club) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ...


Career

King began his comedy career with one-liner routines and other material concerning mothers-in-law and Jews. King's style of comedy changed when he saw Danny Thomas performing in the early 1950s. King realized that Thomas was talking to his audience, not at them, and was getting a better response. King changed his own style from one-liners to a more conversational style that used everyday life for humor. His comedy inspired other comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal. Danny Thomas (January 6, 1914 – February 6, 1991) was an American nightclub comedian and television and film actor of Lebanese Maronite descent. ... The 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ... Jerry Seinfeld Jerome Jerry Seinfeld (born April 29, 1954) is an American comedian, actor, and writer from Massapequa, New York, a hamlet on Long Island. ... Billy Crystal Billy Crystal (born March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director. ...


King married Jeanette Sprung in 1947. They had three children, Andrew, Robert, and Elainie Ray. His wife persuaded him to move to Forest Hills, Queens for their children. There, he developed comedy revolving around life in suburbia. With America moving to suburbs, King's humor took off. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest in area and second most populous of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


King began opening for many celebrities including Judy Garland, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne and Tony Martin. When Martin was cast in the movie Hit the Deck, he suggested King for a part, which gave King his first movie role. King played small roles in movies in the 1950s, but disliked playing stereotypical roles that he described as "always the sergeant from Brooklyn named Kowalski." [1] King eventually expanded his range and made a name for himself playing gangsters in five movies, including Cats Eye and The Anderson Tapes. Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969), born Frances Ethel Gumm, was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film. ... Patti Page on the cover of a collection, part of The Millennium Collection Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma) is one of the best-known female singers in traditional pop music. ... For other uses, see King Cole (disambiguation). ... Billy Eckstine (8 July 1914 – 8 March 1993), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as William Clarence Eckstein. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... The 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Like many other Jewish comics, King worked the Catskill circuit known as the Borscht Belt. His career took off after appearances on the Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, and Garry Moore Shows. King also became a regular guest host for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, hosted the Oscars in 1972, and was the MC for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. King was also the long-standing host of the New York Friar's Club celebrity roasts. Catskill Escarpment and Blackhead Range as seen from Overlook Mountain The Catskill Mountains (also known as simply the Catskills) a natural area in New York State northwest of New York City and southwest of Albany, are not, despite their popular name, true geological mountains, but rather a mature dissected plateau... Borscht Belt is an informal term for the summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan and Ulster Counties in upstate New York which were frequented by Ashkenazic Jews. ... Ed Sullivan Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the emcee of a popular TV variety show that was at its height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Pierino Ronaldo Perry Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. ... Garry Moore (January 31, 1915 – November 28, 1993) was born in Baltimore, Maryland as Thomas Garrison Morfit. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show during the years that Johnny Carson hosted from 1962 to 1992. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee) is the host of a staged event or other performance. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Friars Club is best known for their Roasts. ...


Personal life

In the 1960s, King's performances in Las Vegas led him to face up to a gambling addiction that made him limit his performances in Las Vegas. In the 1970s, King discovered one of his sons was addicted to drugs and turned him in to the police. King realized he had neglected his family and began spending more time at home. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Slot machines in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Addiction is chronic disorder proposed to be precipitated by a combination of genetic, biological/pharmacological and social factors. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...


Throughout his life, King was deeply involved in charity work. He founded the Alan King Medical Center in Jerusalem, raised funds for the Nassau Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children (near his home in Sands Point, New York), and established a chair in dramatic arts at Brandeis University. He also created the Laugh Well program, which sends comedians to hospitals to perform for patients. In the 1970s, King turned his passion for tennis into a pro tournament in Las Vegas called the Alan King Tennis Classic, which was carried on national TV by the TVS Television Network. He also started the Toyota Comedy Festival. Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck // Etymology In the 1400, charity meant the state of love or simple affection which one was in or out of regarding ones fellows; an occasion or body of people seeking to embody that state; the... Jerusalem (Hebrew: Yerushalayim; Arabic: al-Quds; Greek Ιεροσόλυμα; Latin: Hierosolyma) is an ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 metres (about 2000-2500 feet). ... Sands Point is a village located in Long Islands prestigious North Shore at the northern tip of the Cow Neck Peninsula of Long Island in Nassau County, New York in the USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,786. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into theatre. ... Brandeis University is a private university in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ... A tennis net Tennis is a sport played between either two players (Singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a ball, a hollow rubber ball covered in felt, over a net into the opponents court. ... Toyota redirects here. ...


A life-long cigar smoker, King was forced to quit smoking in 1992 after cancer led to the removal of half his jaw. The cancer eventually returned. King died at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on May 9, 2004, after succumbing to lung cancer. He was 76. Four cigars of different brands (from top: H. Upmann, Montecristo, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta) An airtight cigar storage tube and a guillotine-style cutter A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco, one end of which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Quotes

"Why is everybody carrying on about Woolworth's? Have you ever eaten at the counter at Woolworth's? If you wanted to sit in the Colony Club, I could understand." -King on lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s Foot Locker Inc NYSE: FL (formerly Z) is a United States company specialising in athletic footwear and clothing. ...


"The banks have a new image. Now you have 'a friend,' your friendly bank. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?"


"My brother is the youngest member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. And I wouldn't let him cut my nails."


"Because no one could make the announcement 'Miss Garland will not appear tonight' better than I could." -King on why he opened for Judy Garland


"Modesty is not one of my virtues."


Queen Elizabeth II: "How do you do, Mr. King?"
Alan King: "How do you do, Mrs. Queen?" Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of 16 independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ...


"It even cleared out your nostrils, your sinuses, and the wax in your ears." -King on his mother's enemas A sinus is a pouch or cavity in any organ or tissue, or an abnormal cavity or passage caused by the destruction of tissue. ...


"As life's pleasures go, food is second only to sex. Except for salami and eggs. Now that's better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced."


"There's gotta be a better way for a nice Jewish boy to make a living." -King on boxing


"The world is full of little dictators trying to run your life." Dictator was the title of a magistrate in ancient Rome appointed by the Senate to rule the state in times of emergency. ...


"Did you hear the one about the elderly Jew on his deathbed who sent for a priest, after declaring to his astonished relatives that 'I want to convert.' Asked why he would become a Catholic, after living all his life as a Jew, he answered: 'Better one of them should die than one of us.'" Roman Catholic priests in traditional clerical clothing. ...


"You only live once, except for Shirley MacLaine." Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actress well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ...


Filmography

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Plays

Guys and Dolls is a successful 1950 musical. ... VHS Cover The Lion in Winter is a 1966 Broadway play by James Goldman. ...

Books

  • Anyone Who Owns His Own Home, Deserves One (1962)
  • Help! I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery (1964)
  • Name Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King
  • Is Salami and Eggs Better Than Sex? Memoirs of a Happy Eater
  • Matzoh Balls for Breakfast and Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish (2005)

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

Sources

  • Author Unknown. Comic and actor Alan King dead at 76, CNN. (May 9, 2004)
  • Ephross, Peter. Alan King a Model for Seinfeld, Crystal, Jewish Journal.
  • Author Unknown. Alan King Remembered As Comedic Terminator, WNBC. (May 12, 2004)
  • Weber, Bruce. Alan King, Comic With Chutzpah, Dies at 76, New York Times. (May 10, 2004)
  • Williams, Stephen. The Comic Laureate Of Long Island, Newsday. (May 13, 2004)
  • Vosburgh, Dick. Master of the 'angry' comic monologue, The Independent. (21 May 2004)
  • Sen, Indrani Alan King Dies at 76, Newsday. (May 2004)
  • Comic Alan King Dead at 76, Variety. (May 10, 2004)
  • Cooper, Chet. Prescription for Laughter: An Interview with Alan King, Ability Magazine.
  • Bernstein, Adam. Comedian and Actor Alan King Dies at 76, Washington Post. (May 10, 2004)

 
 

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