Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Shelley Berman, comedian, dies at 92

Shelley Berman dead Shelley Berman, comedian, dies at 92
Stacy Diaz | 02 September, 2017, 00:52

Comedian Shelley Berman, who was famous as a "sit-down" comedian and later as Larry David's dad on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", died on Friday.

He shared the spotlight with comedic greats of the time, like Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Bob Newhart, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Berman often considered himself an actor before a comedian, having been classically trained at Chicago's Goodman Theater acting school, per Variety. "I work on a stool". Plus, he was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall.

In 1962, Berman participated in NBC's documentary-style television show "Comedian Backstage", where cameras followed him as he prepared for and performed his nightclub act.

However, he was able to get back into the swing of things.

His other memorable roles include Adam Sandler's father in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" and the semi-senile Judge Robert Sanders on "Boston Legal".

As his comedy career began to wind down, Berman had a successful stint playing Nat David, Larry David's father in the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" from 2002 to 2009.

The Grammy victor and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and '60s.

Aside from his career in show business, Berman taught a comedy course at the University of Southern California, the AP reports.

"I have always written". I will have more to say in this group in the days ahead, but Sarah (who I just spoke to) wanted me to let all of Shelley's Facebook fans know about Shelley's passing. "Along the way, I read and appreciated poetry, but never really tried my hand at writing it until late in my "other" career, teaching writing in USC's Master of Professional Writing program". He retired from performing in 2014. His wife of 70 years, Sarah, was by his side. Berman and his wife adopted a son, Joshua, as well, who died of a brain tumor in 1977 at the age of 12.