Thursday, October 3, 2013
Mal Z. Lawrence probably holds the record for most stand-up comedy routines performed in Catskills hotels. When the hotels started to disappear, Mal simply moved his shtick to the casino hotels of Atlantic City and the playhouses of Century Village and other residential communities in Florida.
And as old as the jokes are, and no matter how many times the audiences heard them, they still laugh their heads off when Mal strides onto the stage and starts his delivery. The 76-year-old comedian is still performing and still telling the same jokes.
We featured Mal back in 2010 doing a few minutes of his routine on a stage in Florida. We think it's time to bring him back in a longer version of his act for our readers who have been asking for more of him and for our newer and younger readers who are not familiar with his humor. This show was in Los Angeles last year at the annual gathering of New York Alumni in California.
The secret of Mal's popularity is his uncanny sense of timing, irony, and exaggeration. The subjects covered in this routine include hotels and buses in Atlantic City, drivers, malls, and security guards in Florida, and of course, the bountiful food of the Catskill hotels and imagining how gambling would change if casinos ever came there. Mal's description of the Conservative and Orthodox slot machines alone are worth the time and the price of the show.
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