Manny Roth

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Manny Roth (born 1918) is a former influential New York City nightclub owner and entertainment entrepreneur. Manny Roth owned the famous New York establishment Cafe Wha?. In the early 1960s, Cafe Wha? provided a stage for amateur acts such as Bob Dylan and Bill Cosby. Manny Roth is an uncle to David Lee Roth who began his career in entertainment with the band Van Halen in 1974.

Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village

Some biographical information as well as some of Manny's stories are chronicled in Crazy From The Heat, an autobiographical book by David Lee Roth.

Manny Roth was David's first guest on "The David Lee Roth Show", a morning drive CBS Radio program which premiered January 3, 2006 (the show ended April 21, 2006). Manny guested during the 8:00am to 10:00am hours during the first day of the show and spoke much of his years in entertainment. Manny told first person accounts of meeting Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor (whom Manny affectionately called "Richie"), Bob Dylan, and Bill Cosby among others.


  1. Roth, David Lee (1997). Crazy From The Heat. Hyperion Books. ISBN 0-7868-6339-0
  2. Roth, David Lee's The David Lee Roth Show (2006). Airdate January 3, 2006, segment 3/4. Retrieved June 27, 2006, from