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October 16, 2011




Keith Scott

Wow - just the article I had been waiting for after all your groundbreaking interrogation of showbiz's forgotten hordes. At last a successor to the late (I believe) Phil Berger. I'd been pining for a piece about Hanson's for ages, and especially some more info about the elusive Joe Ancis. Do you know if he is still alive (probably not)? By the way, did you ever get the Rolling Stone issue of September 30, 1980 - it has an excellent profile of Dangerfield at the height of his sudden rise to stardom. This was when he was at his hottest on the Carson show, and he had just released his most successful LP, NO RESPECT. Anyway, Ancis gets mentioned, and there is a neat color shot of Rodney and Joe relaxing at Rodney's home in that year, 1980. So they were obviously lifelong soulmates. Congrats on a fine piece.

Keith Scott

Ooops - the Rolling Stone Dangerfield piece was in the Sept. 18, 1980 issue.


The Sullivan-Winchell feud went back to the beginning for those two. In his very first column for the New York Graphic in 1931, Sullivan blasted Broadway columnists who used borrowed gags and peeked through keyholes seeking gossip.

The next night, Winchell confronted Sullivan in a restaurant and demanded an apology. When Sullivan tried to back out of a confrontation, Winchell crowed that such behavior was both an admission of guilt AND an apology.

A now-pissed off Sullivan dragged Winchell across the table by the necktie and snarled, "You son of a bitch, I did mean you and if you say one more word about it I'll take you downstairs and stick your head in the toilet bowl."

In at least one account of the story, Sullivan went through with the threat.


Marc Maron's WTF podcast sent me here. Great article Kliph


excellent article! i heard about it on Maron's WTF chris rock episode.
great stuff

Enid Wolf

Best thing I've read online in quite a while. Man, was I born at the wrong time.

Mark French

Great article, a window on a forgotten time. But, when you mentioned Wolfies in Miami, it made me think, was there a bunch of comedian hangouts all over the US at that time, a sort of a Hanson's circuit comedians used to gravitate to for those guys on the road and the local talent in cities like Boston, Chicago, and LA, for example? It would be interesting to hear about those places and the comedians who hung out there. Thanks and keep up the good work.


Small but serious typo above:

"Sitting down with owner Eddie Enken..."

Leon and Eddie's was co-owned by Leon Enken and Eddie Davis...

Daniel Broad

It brings back memories of my youth in the Bronx. One correction though, it wasn't Golden's Hotel, it was The Goldman Hotel. By the way what ever happened to Lenny Kent? Memories of The Red Mill on Jerome Ave.

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