One of the rewards of working with a seasoned audience in an aged care facility is meeting “Living History” and the most famous people you’ll never meet.
I was recently working in a secured facility and met a man who was 102 years old. A class Act. He and his wife came to this country and did a juggling routine that brought them through the vaudeville circuit and many nightclubs and circuses. They played the Ed Sullivan Show.
I mentioned I was from Boston and he asked if I had ever been to Blinstrub’s Village ( a night club that opened in the midst of the Depression 1933 and destroyed by Fire in ’68. ) Every one played there from Frank Sinatra To the Everly Brothers. I had the pleasure of seeing Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons there . .
“They were very good to us there – They would feed us.” He grabbed me by my shoulders and said, “It’s so good to hear an old comedian!”
I’m not too sure if I should take that as a compliment, but I will.
I told him he looked great for a hundred and two and I asked “How do you feel?”
He replied ” Like a new baby! I have no hair! – I have no teeth! And, They just changed my diaper! ”
And he called ME an old comedian.