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In the fifties I had dreams about touching a naked woman and she would turn to bronze or the dream about hot dogs chasing donuts through the Lincoln Tunnel.

In the fifties I had dreams about touching a naked woman and she would turn to bronze or the dream about hot dogs chasing donuts through the Lincoln Tunnel.

I was a class clown. ---->>>

The Broad research center represents the highest quality model of what Proposition 71 should be funding. ---->>>

There is a cliche that probably has some anecdotal evidence on the side that comedians are very depressed people, but that's because no one is ever going to seem as funny in a normal conversation as compared to when they're up there onstage in the spotlight making a huge audience keel over with laughter. ---->>>

And the only studies were - Rodney Dangerfield was my mentor and he was my Yale drama school for comedy. ---->>>

But I think the other is a little more like bullfighting, a little more daring and although I appreciate good acting and I liked being versatile my whole career, it kept me working. ---->>>

So it took me five years because in the interim I have been doing a lot of personal appearances and movies and some television series that went into the plumbing and I stopped writing for a while. ---->>>

Comedy is still alive, and there are still funny people. Jews are still overrepresented in comedy and psychiatry and underrepresented in the priesthood. That immigrant Jewish humor is still with us. ---->>>

I have a work-out regime; I am not a maniac. It sounds cliche, but stand-up comedy, doing a one-man show, helps keep me young, and yes, it is exhausting, but I don't collapse. ---->>>

Regis and I were inducted into the original Bronx Walk of Fame. ---->>>

My son has been a class clown and it sort of ran in the family. ---->>>

The '50s were terrifying with nuclear bomb stuff but boring in a social way, and then the '60s were happening, and remember, there was no AIDS. ---->>>

But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School, another one of the stories in there. ---->>>

Comedy has lost its eloquence. ---->>>

I have what we call a 'symphony act.' I'm the only comedian, I think, in the country that does it. ---->>>

I was a class clown. My father was a class clown. My son has been a class clown, and it sort of ran in the family. ---->>>

I was brought up at 3525 Decatur Avenue, in the north Bronx, right next to Woodlawn Cemetery. ---->>>

I'm not against profanity. It's an important part of the language when used properly. ---->>>

In some articles written about me, writers have said I'm a link between the old and the new, and I think, in a certain sense, that's legitimate. ---->>>

My 1974 album 'Mind Over Matter' was a detailed thing about Watergate. I always had some righteous indignation. ---->>>

When I started, there was no comedy community, no comedy industry; there were comedians. ---->>>

I did the first HBO special ever in 1975 at Haverford College. Cable was new then: HBO was a Time-Life entity, with maybe 400,000 or 500,000 subscribers and maybe 50 employees. ---->>>

I guess I'm pleased and proud of the respect of my peers, and that when I disappear from the scene or from this earth, I will have left a mark. They'll say, 'He did it well.' I like being funny; it opens people up. ---->>>

I love live theater. I get my rocks off by doing stand-up, and I am the only actor. But to show up eight times a week and not have that time for myself; to do someone else's lines? When I work for Wendy Wasserstein or Terrence McNally, Neil Simon or even Shakespeare, I do not have the right to change the lines. ---->>>

I wrote my book 'The Amorous Busboy Of Decatur Avenue' completely like a writer does, writing it down, re-writing everything. But in my stand-up, I improvise initially, never questioning it too closely. ---->>>

One of my greatest inspirations for stand-up was Jonathan Winters. He was a genius. One thing about him, and also Lenny Bruce, is that they were in the tradition of the one-man show. That's why Richard Pryor was so great, and George Carlin, too. They prowled the stage, they used voices, they were really talents. ---->>>

There are certain families who absolutely incorporate their nanny as part of the family, and there are other people, and there are codes for this, when they call in, they say, 'I am really not looking for a friend.' It is clear they will not be members of the family. ---->>>

What makes a good nanny? A good nanny is someone who really wants to do the job. Someone who loves children, who really values what she does and, of course, is valued by her employer. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-08, 1942
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Occupation: Comedian
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Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian, singer and actor. He had several popular and influential comedy albums in the 1970s, was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for 1979's They're Playing Our Song, and has made a variety of TV and movie appearances, including hosting Saturday Night Live twice (wikipedia)