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Encyclopedia > Robert Klein
Robert Klein
Born February 8, 1942 (1942-02-08) (age 65)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Medium Stand-Up, Television, Film, Theatre
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Years active 1965Present
Genres Observational comedy, Improvisational comedy, Satire, Musical comedy
Subject(s) everyday life, American politics
Influences Rodney Dangerfield
Influenced Jerry Seinfeld

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Biography

Early life

Klein was born in the Bronx to Frieda (née Moskowitz) and Benjamin Klein[1][2] and was raised in a "prototypical 1950s Bronx Jewish" environment.[3] He studied drama at Yale University when he got wind of an opportunity to audition for The Second City. In a piece he wrote for the improvisational troupe's book, Klein recalled sitting in a room full of other hopefuls including Fred Willard. Klein's audition consisted of an improvisation set with Willard about two guys in a nightclub, which was successful enough to get Klein and Willard hired to join The Second City. Klein had said another young man, Billy Dee Williams, was invited to join the troupe but turned it down. For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... Audition can refer to: The sense of hearing The audio editing software Adobe Audition ... Second City redirects here. ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ... Fred Willard (born September 18, 1939) is an American comedian and character actor, known for his improvisational comedy skills. ... Improvisation is the practice of acting and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of ones immediate environment. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Second City redirects here. ... Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor who for a period in the 1970s rivaled Sidney Poitier as the most popular black actor in American film. ...


Career

His first major appearance was as host of the 1970 summer replacement television series Comedy Tonight, on which were introduced many of the routines that in the next few years would be released on record albums. His extensive routines about the Watergate scandal made him highly popular in the 1970s. He was one of the first observational comedians. Klein appeared in several stand-up comedy specials on HBO dating to its very early broadcast days. He has traditionally concluded these shows with his "I can't stop my leg" routine. In 1979, Klein was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in They're Playing Our Song. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... “Watergate” redirects here. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video signals which transmit programs to an audience. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Original cast recording Theyre Playing Our Song was an original Broadway musical comedy with a book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. ...


He has appeared in such movies as Primary Colors, Radioland Murders and The Safety of Objects. He had a recurring role in the TV drama series Sisters. In the 1970s, he hosted Saturday Night Live twice. This article is about the book. ... Radioland Murders was a 1994 film directed by Mel Smith, with a screenplay by George Lucas. ... The Safety of Objects is a 2001 independent film about four suburban families who find that their lives become intertwined. ... Sisters was a television drama which aired on NBC from 1991 to 1996. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Klein is the author of The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back, an autobiography published in 2006.


September 2007, released a new DVD compilation of his eight live HBO specials titled "Robert Klein: The HBO specials 1975-2005."


Albums

Klein has made several albums, the most successful being his first two. In Child of the Fifties, Klein talks about his life as a child in the 1950s: about air raid drills, Johnny Mathis music, showing off condoms while at the high school dance, the high school school lunch ladies, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Governor Averill Harriman (of New York), meeting Yankee stars, the Yankees losing the World Series, and much more. He also goes into other things that he has observed in his life, such as substitute teaching, FM radio disc jockeys (as they were in 1972, when the album came out), late night delis, and two songs that he wrote and sang himself: "Bring Back The Fifties," and "Middle Class, Educated Blues." The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... John Royce Mathis (b. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A standard latex condom still rolled up This article is about the contraceptive device. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Joseph McCarthy, see Joseph McCarthy (disambiguation). ... William Averell Harriman William Averell Harriman (November 15, 1891 – July 26, 1986) was a Governor of New York. ... This article is about the state. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... A substitute teacher is a person who teaches a school class when the regular teacher is unavailable because of illness or other reason. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about food stores. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ...


Mind Over Matter, his next album, included extensive discussion of the Watergate scandal. “Watergate” redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/59/Robert-Klein.html
  2. ^ http://www.robertklein.com/kleinbio.html
  3. ^ http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/26273/format/html/displaystory.html

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