This week, Ira spoke with legendary comedian Shecky Greene. In this stand-up episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Shecky talks about working in the Borscht Belt and why it gave him the freedom to perform; the kugel difference; when he knew he hit it big; saving the Tropicana; loving the recognition, enjoying the laughter, but not enjoying the work; and the best thing that happened in his life!
Shecky Greene is considered by his peers to be the consummate nightclub performer. As a headliner in Las Vegas for more than 30 years he has been seen by millions of people. He does not have a repetitious act, but each performance is tailored to his audience. Quoting Bob Hope, he is truly a “comedian’s comedian” who not only tells jokes, but sings, tells stories, improvises songs during a show–and occasionally becomes quite physical on stage.