Keep Laughing, Morey Amsterdam, Citadel Press Hardcover, 1959, Dick Van Dyke Show

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KEEP LAUGHING: Published by CITADEL PRESS in 1959 & written by MOREY AMSTERDAM with illustrations by SHEILA GREENWALD. Morey (Yuk-A-Puk) Amsterdam, known in show business circles as the comedian’s comedian, is a man of amazing versatility. He has been a night club owner, concert cellist, movie writer and director, song writer, recording artist, vaudeville performer, radio and television director, producer and star. Amsterdam began his professional career as a cellist, then switched to gags. At one point he was doing so many shows a week that Fred Allen remarked, “The only thing we can turn on in our house without getting Morey Amsterdam is the water faucet.” Morey started his entertainment career in vaudeville in Chicago, moved on to night clubs there and in Detroit and Milwaukee, and then to radio in Los Angeles, working five year with Al Pearce’s famous “Happy Go Lucky Hour.” Then followed several years of writing comedy and special material for such diverse personalities as Fannie Brice, Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy, Joe E Brown, Rudy Vallee, Clark Gable, and Robert Taylor. With the outbreak of World War II, Morey wrote material for stars who went on camp shows. For two years he worked for Uncle Sam’s USO circuit himself, covering South America, China, Burma and India. From 1944 to 1948 he had his own radio show in New York; did four or five shows a day in leading theatres; made two or three guest appearances a day on other radio shows; and to top it all off, bought his own night club, The Playgoers—starring Morey Amsterdam twice nightly! It was at this time that he did an impressive 78 shows in one week. Since then he has settled down to a normal day of only 20 hours. Besides frequent guestings on radio and TV shows and his own weekly “Keep Talking” on the ABC-TV network, Morey’s only other activities are appearances at the Copacabana, El Rancho Vegas, the Latin Quarter, Sans Souci and other leading night spots and hotels—plus benefit shows, theatre dates, and comedy writing. Morey is married to the famous beauty Kay Patrick, a professional model. His son Gregory is beginning to follow in his father’s footsteps—much to Morey’s delight. He has only one real hobby—photography, and he has every gadget known to shutterbugs. He neither drinks, nor smokes. His taste in clothes was hailed by the Custom Tailors Guild, which recently listed him among the best-dressed men in America.
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