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Morey Amsterdam

Morey Amsterdam on Match Game '73'
Born August 14, 1908(1908-08-14)
Chicago, Illinois Flag of the United States United States
Died October 27, 1996 (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Los Angeles, California

Plot: Court of Remembrance, furthest north-east section, C-3632
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1922 - 1996
Spouse(s) Kay Patrick (1942 – 1996 his death)

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Early Career

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to a Jewish family, he began working in vaudeville in 1922 as the straight man for his brother's jokes. He was also a cellist, a skill which he used throughout his career. By 1924, he was working in a speakeasy operated by Al Capone. After being caught in a gun fight, Amsterdam moved to California and sought work writing jokes. His enormous repertoire and ability to come up with a joke on any subject earned him the nickname "The Human Joke Machine." He sometimes performed with an actual machine on his chest, hanging by a neck strap. When he turned a hand crank on the gadget and paper rolled out, he would then read the machine's joke -- although the paper was blank. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The violoncello, usually abbreviated to cello, or cello (the c is pronounced as in the ch of check), is a bowed stringed instrument, a member of the violin family. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “Capone” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Radio

During the 1930s, Amsterdam hosted a radio show and also wrote songs, including "Why Oh Why Did I Ever Leave Wyoming." He copyrighted the popular "Rum and Coca-Cola," although the song was written by a Trinidadian calypsonian, Lord Invader. Amsterdam lost an eventual copyright suit over the song. In the early 1940s he wrote additional dialog for two of the East Side Kids films. By 1947, he was performing on three daily radio shows. Rum and Coca-Cola is the title of a popular calypso song. ... Rupert Grant, more commonly known as Lord Invader, was a prominent calypsonian with a very distinctive, gravelly voice. ... The East Side Kids were a group of actors who made a series of films and serials released by Monogram Pictures from 1940 through 1945. ...


Beginning in 1948, he appeared on the radio show Stop Me If You've Heard This One. Roger Bower, host of Stop Me If Youve Heard This One Stop Me If Youve Heard This One was a comedy radio series, created by the actor-humorist Cal Tinney (February 2, 1908-December 2, 1993) and sponsored by Quaker Oats. ...


Television

In 1948 he began hosting his own television show, The Morey Amsterdam Show. In 1950 this was replaced by the comedy-variety show, Broadway Open House, television's first late-night entertainment show, on the DuMont Television Network. Among his guests was a song and dance man named Art Carney. The Morey Amsterdam Show was a television sitcom which ran from 1948 to 1949 on CBS and from 1949 to 1950 on DuMont. ... Broadway Open House began in the late 1940s as televisions first late-night variety and talk show, hosted by Morey Amsterdam, on the DuMont Television Network. ... The DuMont Television Network was the worlds first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946. ... Arthur William Matthew Carney (November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003) was an Academy Award-winning American actor in film, stage, television, and radio. ...


Amsterdam's most famous role may have been as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), a role suggested for him by his friend Rose Marie, who also appeared on the show. Amsterdam wrote lyrics for the shows theme song that were never performed on the air but were performed by Dick Van Dyke in concert. The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Rose Marie (born August 15, 1923) is an actress who had a career as a child star under the name Baby Rose Marie but is best known for her adult role as Sally Rogers in the The Dick Van Dyke Show. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ...


Amsterdam also played "Cappy", owner of the local nightclub, in the Beach Party movies. There are arguably two surf movie genres. ...


Amsterdam and Rose Marie later appeared as panelists on The Hollywood Squares and guest-starred together in a February 1996 episode of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. They also co-starred in the 1966 film, "Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title", a comedy co-written and co-produced by Amsterdam. (The film also features Richard Deacon, their co-star on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and a cameo by the show's co-producer Danny Thomas.) Hollywood Squares is a American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Caroline in the City was an American sitcom that ran from September 21, 1995, to May 11, 1999, on the NBC television network. ...


Amsterdam also was an occasional panelist on Match Game during the 1970s. The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ...


Death

Amsterdam died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in 1996 and was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery, Los Angeles, California. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ...


Bibliography

  • 1959: Keep Laughing. (Citadel Press) ASIN B0007E665M.
  • 1977: Morey Amsterdam's Benny Cooker Crock Book for Drinkers. (Regnery) ISBN 0809281384.

External links

  • Morey Amsterdam at the Internet Movie Database
  • Morey Amsterdam's Grave site
  • The New York Times on Morey Amsterdam

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Morey Amsterdam Show (748 words)
From December 17, 1948 to March 7, 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a nightclub located in Times Square on the CBS network.
Morey Amsterdam got the nickname, "The Human Joke Machine" by having the ability to ad-lib one joke after another on any subject.
Morey went on to be a radio star, hit song-writer, and hit TV for the first time in 1948 on the series, "Stop Me If You've Heard This One".
Morey Amsterdam Summary (1438 words)
Morey Amsterdam was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 14, 1908.
Amsterdam and Rose Marie later appeared as panelists on The Hollywood Squares and guest-starred together in a February 1996 episode of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City, shortly before Amsterdam's death.
Amsterdam died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 87 and was interred in LA's Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
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