Allen & Rossi

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Allen & Rossi was a comedy team composed of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, active from 1957 until 1968. They appeared on over 700 television shows including 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, including three of the four Ed Sullivan episodes on which The Beatles appeared. They recorded 16 comedy albums, the title of one using their signature comedy catch phrase of "Hello Dere!" The team also appeared in a spy spoof film The Last of the Secret Agents (1966) and their own TV special. Allen said the of their catch phrase, "We were into the act and I just went blank... and I looked at Steve and said, 'Hello dere . . . hello dere.' Then suddenly everyone in the club was saying it - hello dere."[1]

On episode 851 of What's My Line, Allen & Rossi credited Nat "King" Cole for bringing them together.[2] Allen & Rossi would tour for three years with Cole and appeared regularly on his TV show. "Steve was talking to Nat one day and mentioned that he would like to try something different - maybe a comedy thing," Allen said. "I was working at a club in Chicago with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme when I got a call from Steve. I had never thought much about a partner, but I said, 'Well, come on out.' We met and I figured, well, here's a good-looking guy and he can sing, so maybe we can do something."[3]

Following their split in 1968, both performed regularly with different partners. They reunited numerous times throughout the next three decades. In 1974, they starred in "Allen and Rossi Meet Dracula and Frankenstein."[4] In 1984 and 1985 they teamed for a series of shows in Atlantic City and toured. They were given a lifetime contract beginning in 1990 to appear at the Vegas World Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, which is now the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.[5] They appeared as a team from 1990 to 1994 and toured together late in 1994 before splitting once again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jack Lloyd. Allen & Rossi: The Comic Team. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 11, 1994, p. 36.
  2. ^ What's My Line, February 26, 1967
  3. ^ Jack Lloyd. Allen & Rossi: The Comic Team. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 11, 1994, p. 36.
  4. ^ Internet Movie Database reference
  5. ^ Las Vegas Review Journal article

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