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Monday, December 22, 2008


Russ was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and he found the love of the Dummy at the age of 4, he was a working student of the voice and sang in operettas as a young boy, he made his own Pinnochioand he was booked to appear on Ed Sullivans show in 1962. has appeared on all the great variety shows with some of the greatest entertainers of that era. He appeared on Hollywood Palace 5 times, and the Ed Sullivan's show...But before the big stages were available to him he had to make good on the small stages like amatuer, carnivals, the circus, bars and restaurants, side shows and Coney Island before getting any big breaks. Though he had serious emotional problems, was prone to suicide, low opinion of himself, a perfect psychiatrist couch job, but working as opening act for some of the biggest names like Liberace, Bobby Darin, Victor Borge, Jayne Mansfield, Dom DeLuise, Eartha Kitt, to name just a few, he got booked to Appear on the Dean Martin Show, Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in Las Vegas at the Dunes, Sands, Sahara,Riviera, and in between his gigs at the hotels he opened his own schools to teach the art of acting at student work shops. He also did caberets and comedy clubs and TV, it was the variety show era and he was booked for most of them and this put him on a steadier road. He taught himself to write his own comedy, he generated smiles and laughs, made a few sheckles, Russ has been before the lights for over 60 years entertaining millions of people on 6 continents. Some of the other shows he appeared on were countless talk shows, Steve Allen Show, Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, and he is still performing today.
With timing, belly laughs, music and glitz, this is a world-class stand-up ventro-comic, a comedian of imagination and scope – surely one of the best ever to cross the stage.
Russo Louis has opened for, or shared the stage with, Dean Martin, Alan King, Rowan and Martin, , Eddie Rabbit, Tammy Wynette, Pat Boone, Louis Jourdan, Victor Borge, Dale Robertson, John Davidson, Oak Ridge Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Pea Picker himself Tennessee Ernie Ford, , Jim Stafford, Goolly!! Jim Nabors Mitzi Gaynor, Norm Crosby, Jerry Van Dyke, Tony Bennett didn't get a dinner Red Buttons and Anne Meara. There is just so much one could add here, its literally an entertainers who's who, you fill in the missing names.. but remember that this man is a gentleman threw and threw who puts on a fabulous show.

1 comment:

Bill Smith said...

JUST found your site & this post. You are SO right about Mr. Louis being a true gentelman! I have been made aware of this first hand! This great vent saw my nothing of an upload of the opening & closing of my vent act at and posted the NICEST comment I could ever get!! God bless him!
Puppet-ually yours, Bill Smith