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January 09, 2008

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Nutley Sam (friend with brother with wife with brother with [ex] girlfriend briefly charged with the

Like the government's complete JFK files, these were only to be released 50 years after Steve's death, or by request via the Freedom of Entertainment Act.

yazoo

1. Phew! Here I was thinking he was going to be revealed as some sort of dick.

2. You scooped The Smoking Gun!

3. Dave, you're the best

cheers,

mike,
nashville

doctor_gogol

His toupee should still tour. I'd pay for that.

doctor_gogol

I saw in a documentary that Steve's hairpiece was in Dallas on Nov 22, 1963 and can't account for its where-a-bouts. Interesting, to say the least!

Listener #109577

P is for "Passive-Agressive"

Andrew

Nice to see the A-Z description of Mr. Allen draws the precious distinction between being a "Gag-Writer" and a "Joke-Writer," not to mention between being a "Comedian" and "Farceur" and "Humorist" and "Satirist."

Jack Paar once said, "I admire Steve Allen, but not as much as he admires himself."

Bob

Clearly, Steverino's unusually strict fruit regimen demands were directly proportionate to the tightness of his sphincter. (Fruit flushes the digestive tract). Unfortunately, this also allowed for every brain fart he ever had to leak out, too. Mmmm...THAT STANK BUT GOOD!

Dale Hazelton

Steve Allen from 'A to Z' is great. Not the concept, just that it was written as a memorandum. In the world of showbiz black hair is like black gold. Just look at Nicolas Cage these days.

Andrew

I didn't mean to bash Steve Allen too much in that earlier comment -- he was actually one of my first show biz heroes (and his three books about comedians, THE FUNNY MEN, FUNNY PEOPLE and MORE FUNNY PEOPLE, are insightful and worth tracking down). But I'm getting the suspicion that he wrote "The Start of Something Big" about his ego.

King Daevid MacKenzie

..."King of the Ad Libbers"?!!? Wrong Allen. That was FRED Allen, not Steve...

Pedro

I gave a copy of this to Spy magazine back in 1989 and it's good to see it bouncing into cyberspace. The rider was obtained because of an appearance Allen made at a Chicago museum and I knew the museum staff. I got to speak with Steverino afterward and he clearly didn't want to discuss the time he humiliated Elvis by making him sing to a hound dog while wearing a tuxedo. Allen hated early rock 'n roll and never passed on an opportunity to mock it. Another memory from that appearance: Allen telling the audience how his wife Jayne Meadows was the finest actress in the world.

Kevin

What a glimpse into the 20th century's most fusty, passive-aggressive entertainer.

I've long been a fan of his "Steve Allen mysteries," which were written in the late autumn of his years, and his sense of humor and sense of himself seemed to have petrified. Each book featured a man named Steve Allen, who was the world's greatest amateur sleuth as well as the world's greatest entertainer. Lots of irrelevant diatribes on nearly every page about Allen's particular peeves: smoking, rock music, and immodestly dressed women being the big 3.

Each book followed the same formula. Allen and Meadows were thrust into a situation involving glittery people and a murder. A typical example would be "Murder on the Atlantic," in which sixtyish Steve is hired to do his nightclub act on the maiden voyage of the world's most posh ocean liner, and thinly disguised characters based on Madonna, Princess Diana, and a few others spend most of their time (when they're not being killed) praising him.

Weird, weird man.

Jim

As likable as he may have been in many other ways (and funny), Allen was paranoid and despising of rock and roll, for decades. No idea why, unless it was jealousy that his own songs weren't selling. Very strange; wish I had a copy of the Goldmine magazine (from '80s?) that had an interview with him ranting against the Beatles. Clearly, the guy was unhinged, and not in a good way.

Murcury

Steve kept that 'Hot Stuff' bit alive right up until he died. That's what the fridges were for: keeping old stuff fresh.

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