Julius Monk

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Julius Monk (born c. 1913 – died 1995) was an American entrepreneur in the New York cabaret scene.


His club, Julius Monk's Downstairs, opened March 4, 1956 with Four Below, labeled as "the first legitimate cafe revue in New York City" by James Gavin, author of Intimate Nights, The Golden Age of New York Cabaret.[1]

Four Below was a huge success, and Monk continued to stage annual revues that established the standard for New York cabaret over the following decade: Son of Four Below, Take Five, Demi-Dozen (1958), Pieces of Eight (1959), Dressed to the Nines (1960) and 7 Come 11 (1961). In 1962, he moved his troupe to a new nightclub, Plaza 9, at the Plaza Hotel and continued with revues such as Dime A Dozen, Bits & Pieces, Baker's Dozen and his last revue, Four In Hand (1968). Many unknown performers who worked at Monk's cafe revues, including Ken Berry, Ruth Buzzi, Mary Louise Wilson, Liz Sheridan, and Dorothy Loudon, among others, went on to achieve varying degrees of fame.

In the 1960s, Mad published "The Agony and the Agony" (a parody of the film The Agony and the Ecstasy) with the plotline moved from Renaissance Rome to present-day New York City. The film's antagonist, Pope Julius II (a real historical figure), was updated by Mad as nightclub entrepreneur Julius Pope, a satire of Julius Monk.[citation needed]


Monk died at age 82 in August 1995 at his home in Manhattan.[2]


  1. ^ Gavin, James.Intimate Nights, The Golden Age of New York Cabaret. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.
  2. ^ Mel Gussow. Julius Monk, Cabaret Impresario, Dies at 82; published August 22, 1995

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