Groucho Marx impersonator carries on comedian’s legacy


He’s really Marx-ed his place

“All people are born the same. Except Democrats and Republicans.

“He can look like an idiot and talk like an idiot. But make no mistake, he really is an idiot.

This is from another non-Tony show. They’re Groucho Marx curmudgeons of the big cigar, bushy eyebrows, painted mustache, arched step, star of the former Groucho’s signature glasses, Chico, Harpo Marx Brothers whose films from the 20s-30s include ” Duck Soup”, “Animal Crackers”, “The Cocoanuts” and “A Night at the Opera”.

Groucho, who was also on TV, grumbled, “I find TV educational. Every time someone turns on the set, I go to the other room and read a book.

Now on public television, and just released on DVD, is “Frank Ferrante’s Groucho.” He played it on stage for 35 years, 500 cities, 3,000 performances.

He also performed off-Broadway in 1986 in Arthur Marx’s “Groucho: A Life in Revue” and in 1996 in the Marx Brothers vehicle “The Cocoanuts.”

And to quote Groucho: “I don’t know what anyone has to say. It makes no difference anyway. Either way, I’m against it.”

« The Groucho by Frank Ferrante
“Frank Ferrante’s Groucho” recently aired on public television and was released on DVD.
Tricia Baron

When you got an interest in steaks

Publisher Joan Jedell reports that the two locations of a famous New York steakhouse have told customers that their loyalty rewards program tracks the value of Bitcoin.

Suddenly ugly, it now gives new meaning to the term doggy bag.

Dad always intervened

Oh, you won’t believe it. The Cherry Lane Theater is playing “Escape from Daddyland”. He is played by Steve Wruble. He is the son of the singer-songwriter psychiatrist of — ready? — Elvis Presley’s proctologist.

That thing is his journey from an Orthodox Jew in the Deep South to daddy issues with his dad who, as noted, was Elvis’ rear end specialist.

The scenario is that he divorces his wife. He then takes the few of us who want to go to Germany. He then decides to make his father proud by killing him on the comedy stages of Berlin – which all of civilization knows is a city in freefall, hold your sides, laugh-a-minute-ha-ha. You are always with me ?

Elvis Presley
The Off-Broadway musical “Escape from Daddyland” – from Elvis Presley’s proctologist son – is playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
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It seems that when he was a teenager living in an apartment in Memphis under Orthodox Rabbi Fruchter, he (playing teenage Elvis) would be called upon to turn off the rabbi’s Sabbath lights. He then pretends to be Elvis.

The show features five songs. Original. Like who would copy one on your behind, right? They are written and performed by Wruble. Of course, Renée Fleming was busy.

Performances are Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

I declined my tickets. I figured a proctologist could be a pain in the ass.

Invasion Notes

Sour note. I am also told that Putin listens to a lot of classical music, including his favorite Tchaikovsky. As if he wanted to be the most famous conductor in Russia.

Intelligence types have reported that he sees this invasion as a symphony.

Summer. Miami. More people in the parks than pigeons. Now Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, padded winter shirts are replaced by Fords, Volkswagens and padded shorts.

And those old people are only in the Hamptons, kids, only in the Hamptons.


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