Marty The Mighty Comedian
One of the most eminent actors and comedians of the 70s and 80s, Marty Allen is better known for his collaboration with prolific comedian Steve Rossi, which became the famous comedy duo in the popular Ed Sullivan show. Apart from the Hollywood square, Allen also made his appearance on a show called “Circus of stars”. The show was known for being an annual special where celebrities performed circus-like acts. And now at age of 94 years, he is still rocking the stage and earning laughs. He has become one of the icons of stand-up comedy. Still one of the respected personalities in the comedy circle, Marty has received a lot of awards and accolades for his contribution to stand-ups and is continuing to do so. The Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame has recently incorporated Allen, which adds more to his list of honours. From door to door salesmanship to acting to fighting in war, Marty has done it all. He even turned to journalism before taking up stand-up comedy as his full time job.
Comedian Marty Allen, born Morton David Alpern, is basically an American stand-up comedian. He was born on 23rd of March, 1922 to parents Louis Alpern and Elsie Alpern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Allen married his long time girlfriend Karon Kate Blackwel in 1984 on the 17th of June after his first wife Lorraine 'Frenchy' Allen died in 1976.
Education and early life
In 1940 Allen graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and studied journalism at USC. Allen joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He even won a medal for his bravery later when he secured the rank of a sergeant during World War II.
Only after the war was over that Allen got into comedy. He started working with noticeable comedians like Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Gorme, Steven Rossi, etc and did opening acts in the 1950s. His relationship with Rossi that lasted for about 16 years started around this time., after which they parted ways. While together, the duo quite often appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and was a regular at “The Tonight Show”. In the early Allen did an episode on the “Ed Sullivan Show” with the Beatles which became very popular. At 94, Allen is still standing strong and performing. He is still a very well known and revered figure in the stand-up comedy circuit. Over the course of his career, Marty has performed with loads of famous actors and has also done a few roles here and there. He did roles in some TV series’ like Benson, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Monster Squad, etc. He has also acted in some films like Murder Can Hurt You, Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover, etc. He is still active on Broadway.
Apart from comedy, he has also written an autobiography titled “Hello Dere: An illustrated Biography”. He also made annual tours of military hospitals as a part of his charitable work where he talked with and entertained wounded soldiers. He is also involved with a lot of other charitable trusts.
Marty Allen is still doing shows in and around Vegas. You can also book his shows for private appearences through his website. Go and check his page for more information about his gigs and contact him for shows.