Comedian Robert Klein at Cobb's Comedy Club
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In March of 1965, Yale graduate Robert Klein auditioned for the famous Chicago “Second City,” became a member of the troupe, and there he spent the single most important year of his career.
Klein returned to New York as a seasoned member of “Second City” and was seen by producer Mike Nichols and chosen for a role in his Broadway musical, “Apple Tree.” He began working on stand-up comedy material at the original “Improvisation” club.
Soon after that, Klein was cast in two more Broadway shows, “Morning, Noon and Night,” and “New Faces of 1968.” In 1970, he starred in “Comedy Tonight,” the CBS summer replacement for Glen Campbell’s show. Klein and the show were highly acclaimed, and it was becoming very clear that Robert Klein was here to stay.
In 1973, Klein released his first album, “Child of the Fifties,” and ingenious collection of material which brought Klein to a vast audience and won him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album of the Year. Two more albums followed, including “Mind Over Matter,” also nominated for a Grammy, and “New Teeth.” “Let’s Not Make Love” was released in 1990 on Rhino Records. Because of popular demand, Rhino re-released “Child of the Fifties” and “Mind Over Matter” in 1990. In 1992 CBS re-released “New Teeth.”
Probably no single event is more indicative of Klein’s success than his first sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 1973, “The First Annual Robert Klein Reunion.” For nearly two hours, Klein knocked out his audience with his high-energy comedy and comment. The critics raved, and Klein affirmed his place as a major personality in contemporary entertainment and as an influence on a whole generation of comedians.
In 1979, Klein returned to Broadway in grand style with a Tony nomination for Best Actor, and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit musical, “They’re Playing Our Song,” with Lucy Arnaz.
While “They’re Playing Our Song” was running in New York, Klein began hosting “The Robert Klein Radio Show,” an internationally syndicated comedy-rock show taped before a live audience which ran for two years.
To say that Klein’s show business career has been varied would be an understatement. He has been a regular guest on “The Tonight Show” for over twenty years, and has guest-hosted the show on numerous occasions. He also appears regularly on “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Klein also hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice, and starred in the first “Cheeseburger” sketch with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on the precedent setting Home Box Office “On Location” series, and has done seven one-man shows since for HBO. His 1982 show, “Robert Klein at Yale,” has been added to the permanent collection of The Museum of Broadcasting. 1984’s “Robert Klein: Child of the 50’s, Man of the 80’s” has been released as a home video by Thorn/Emi-HBO. “Robert Klein on Broadway,” taped at New York’s Nederlander Theatre in 1986, is also available on home video. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Klein’s first special, his sixth special “It All Started Here,” premiered in December 1995. Klein’s seventh HBO special, “Child in His 50’s” premiered in December 2000 to rave reviews.
When Robert isn’t making a movie, filming a one-man concert, performing on Broadway, at the White House, or hosting a television show, he relaxes by regularly traveling the country appearing at hundreds of colleges, universities, and theatres, or in Atlantic City performing his brilliant comedy for sold-out houses.