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Shelley Berman (born 3 February 1926, in Chicago, Illinois) is a comedian, writer, teacher, and actor. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden) Official website: http://egov. ...

His early years were filled with dreams of the stage. After numerous failed serious plays, Berman found himself with The Compass Players, an improv comedy troupe, where he found his first success. This troupe would later became The Second City. The Second City is a long-running improvisational comedy troupe based in the Old Town area of Chicago, Illinois, with offshoot troupes in other cities, most notably Toronto. ... Improv may refer to: improvisational theatre, and/or its subgenre improvisational comedy The Improv, a chain of U.S. comedy clubs Lotus Improv, a spreadsheet program This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Second City is a long-running improvisational comedy troupe based in the Old Town area of Chicago, Illinois, with offshoot troupes in other cities, most notably Toronto. ...

He left the group in 1957 and created his own comedy style. Contrasting with the frenetic, ad libbed style popular at the time, Berman's act was perfectly timed and poignant, while remaining improvised. This would be expected, given his theater background. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See AdLib for the computer sound card manufacturer. ...

His preferred mode of delivery was seated on a high stool at center stage, as opposed to his contemporaries, who tended to stalk the stage or prop themselves up on a piano or microphone stand. His honest, biting, satiric comedy style soon found its niche.

His 1959 debut album won the first non-music Grammy ever, and the cover of that album cemented his image as a skinny guy sitting on a high chair, cigarette in one hand and a microphone in the other. He went on to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show over 20 times, The Jack Paar Show, and numerous other variety and TV specials throughout the 1960s. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ... Jack Parr circa 1950 Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American radio and television talk show host. ...

During the 1970s and 1980s, Berman stayed out of the limelight following undisclosed personal issues and the death of his son. By 1989, he had returned to comedy by taking small roles. In 1995, Berman released a new live comedy album.

Since then, he has been part of numerous projects, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friends, Arli$$, King of Queens, The Bernie Mac Show and Meet The Fockers. Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American television sitcom starring Seinfeld writer & co-creator Larry David. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Arliss (rendered in its logo as Arli$$) was an American situation comedy on HBO about a sports agent and his group of associates. ... The King of Queens is an American situation comedy series that debuted in 1998 and is still running as of 2005. ... The Bernie Mac Show is a half-hour sitcom featuring the comedic antics of comedian Bernie Mac. ... Meet the Fockers (2004) is a comedy film and a sequel to Meet the Parents starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. ...

Since 1982, Berman has been teaching in the Master of Professional Writing Program at The University of Southern California, in the subject of Writing Humor, Literary and Dramatic. He has written three books, and continues to write and act. The University of Southern California (also known as USC, SC, Southern California and Southern Cal), Californias oldest private research university, is located in the urban center of Los Angeles, California. ...

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The Official SHELLEY BERMAN Web Site - Biography (646 words)
Kelly's in Chicago in 1957, Shelley realized he didn't necessarily have to tell traditional jokes as other comedians of the day did in order to work in nightclubs, and went on to audition at the club performing his one-man monologues and telephone routines, with great success.
INSIDE SHELLEY BERMAN, released in early 1959, became the first comedy album to be awarded a gold record, and the first to win a Grammy for Best Comedy Performance, Spoken Word.
Shelley would go on to appear on numerous TV specials, and all of the major variety shows, including those hosted by Ed Sullivan (where Shelley appeared 21 times), Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.
USC College : News : February 2006 : Shelley Berman (876 words)
Shelley Berman was wrapping up a lecture about the history of comedy when the unspeakable happened.
Berman, who has taught humor writing and other courses at USC for 22 years, made his name in the 1950s and 60s in comedy clubs, on Broadway, in movies and television.
Berman is set to perform a monologue at the 24th Street Theatre on March 24.
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