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Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club

Still witty, smart and funny at 95 years of age, the legendary comic Marty Allen was hosted (not roasted) at a Friars Club lunch. Emmy Award winning Friar Bill Boggs interviewed Marty about the comics long career in show business. Marty worked as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme and Nat King Cole and gained enormous fame when he teamed up with singer Steve Rossi and made 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1961 and 1962 Allen appeared on Broadway in Let It Ride! at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and then went on to perform in the pre-Broadway tour and Broadway performances of I Had A Ball.

Marty Allen was also a familiar face on the TV Game Circuit appearing as a regular on Hollywood Squares. During the 1980's he teamed up with his wife singer-songwriter/pianist Karon Kate Blackwell to perform their musical comedy act around the country. Karon gave a sample at the Friars Club event which was hosted by Bill Boggs and produced by Friar Sunny Sessa and Craig Neier. In addition to all his show business achievements Sergeant Marty Allen was also awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery during a fire which happened while a plane was being refueled. His heroism also earned him a full-dress parade. Marty signed copies of his new book An Illustrated Biography in the Milton Berle Room at the Friars Club and everyone present got a "Hello Dere!" from the comic.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Marty Allen

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Bill Boggs & Marty Allen

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Freddie Roman & Marty Allen

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Marty Allen & Gilbert Gottfried

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Craig Neir & Sunny Sessa, Producers

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Sunny Sessa & Karon Kate Blackwell

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Will Friedwald, Karon Kate Blackwell, Marty Allen, Gilbert Gottfried, Sunny Sessa, Bill Boggs, Craig Neier

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Larry Schatz & Eda Sorokoff

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Will Nunziata, Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Hello Dere!

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Will Nunziata, Sunny Sessa, Stephen Sorokoff, Karon Kate Blackwell, Anthony Nunziata

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Friars Club, Milton Berle Room

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Bob Spiotto, director of special events

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Happy Birthday Marty Allen

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Bill Boggs, Marty Allen, Stephen Sorokoff

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Sunny Sessa

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Steve Rossi & Marty Allen, Ed Sullivan Show

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Bill Boggs & Marty Allen

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Karon Kate Blackwell

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Marty Allen & Bob Greenberg

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
Sunny Sessa & Craig Neier

Photos: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club


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