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Legendary comedian comes to Beeville Saturday ‘Meet and greet’ session to be held Friday at Country Club
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Comedian Marty Allen, has appeared on Hollywood Squares and the Ed Sullivan Show and hold a meet and greet Friday at the Beeville Country Club.
Contributed photo Comedian Marty Allen, has appeared on Hollywood Squares and the Ed Sullivan Show and hold a meet and greet Friday at the Beeville Country Club.
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Legendary Las Vegas comedian Marty Allen and his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, will perform his trademark “Hello Dere” show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium.

The show is sponsored by the Beeville Concert Association, which is also hosting a “Meet and Greet” session at the Beeville Country Club on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saturday evening show is $10 for adults who do not hold BCA season memberships. Students are admitted free, including CBC students with their photo IDs. The performance is a family show, and young people from the ages of eight to 10 and older could enjoy the humor.

For the Saturday night show, BCA season ticket holders will be admitted from 6:45 until 7:10, when those paying at the door will be admitted. Season memberships will be available at the Friday “Meet and Greet” event, at which Allen and Blackwell will sign CDs and pose for pictures with fans.

The 90-year-old star still performs regularly at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas and on cruise ships. He exercises at a gym regularly, swims and dances.

A passenger on a Radiance of the Seas cruise to Alaska commented: “He was amazing and lively and hilarious. Loved him!”

Born Morton David Alpern in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1922, Allen enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in 1940. He earned a medal for valor in Italy when he heroically saved lives and equipment during a fire which flamed up while a plane was being refueled.

After the war, Allen studied journalism at the University of Southern California, where he supplemented his GI Bill allotment by doing a comedy act in small clubs and worked as the first door-to-door dance lesson salesman. Eventually, his club routine became so successful that he quit college.

He teamed up with Steve Rossi to create a comedy team which appeared frequently on the Ed Sullivan Show. On Feb. 9, 1964, the comedians were scheduled right after the Beatles had brought down the house to a screaming young audience, following their very first U.S. performance on Sullivan’s show.

“We couldn’t perform our regular routine after that excitement,” Allen said. The big-haired actor opened with his trademark “Hello dere,” followed by “I’m Ringo’s mother.” Rossi launched into his version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and the comedians had the audience’s attention.

In 1968, Allen started a “Hello Dere” tour of military hospitals in the U.S., which he repeated annually until 1972, entertaining wounded soldiers who had just returned from Vietnam.

Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, Allen made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on Hollywood Squares. He also appeared on Circus of the Stars, in a cameo on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, on game shows such as Password, and in 10 made-for-television movies.

Local dance instructors James and Kathy Taylor performed with Allen in Las Vegas some 16 years ago and, more recently, on cruise ships. They invited the well-known comedian to Beeville. The BCA invites the community to enjoy his humor, punctuated by Blackwell’s music.

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