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Shelley Berman
February 3, 1926 -
Nationality: American
Category: Comedian
Subcategory: American Comedian

I am careful with my material and presentation.


Outside came in '60. The Edge in '61. All three made Gold, but the biggest seller was Inside.


Inside was the second LP album of a comedian's performance before an audience.


My whole act is confession.


The old problems - love, money, security, status, health, etc. - are still here to plague us or please us.


As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy.


Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.


Though it sold very well, I hated The Edge.


I quit smoking well over twenty years ago.


The most memorable performance was my appearance in concert in Carnegie Hall. The first standup to do so.


I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic.


While you're improvising, you may come up with something which will break him up. As soon as that smile comes out, you know that, hey, we're having fun.


I will always love to perform standup comedy.


As much experience, education and awareness as one can attain is important for a comedian.


I believe it is important for comedians to know who came before them.


The Steve Allen Sunday night show had the right to two options after my first performance.


My first job was at a Chicago night club called Mr. Kelly's.


So that this thing that aired in 1963 would result a few years later in personal bankruptcy, would result in having people be on edge with me, wondering when I'm going to blow up.


I was an actor before becoming a comedian.


Incidentally, I'm still looking for acting work, my first love.


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