The Pickle Brothers
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The Pickle Brothers were a three-man comedy act which enjoyed considerable success during the 1965–68 period. Their madcap style, characterized by fast patter and constant motion, encompassed sketch comedy, spoofs of TV shows and commercials, and social and political humor. They were the house act at The Bitter End in New York City's Greenwich Village, appearing with such performers as Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and the Chapins. They were the opening act on three tours with The Beach Boys.
They also appeared on such major network TV shows as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1967 they starred in a pilot for their own series that was written by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso of The Monkees, and directed by William Friedkin of The French Connection and The Exorcist.
The Pickle Brothers were Ron Prince, Michael Mislove, and Peter Lee. They met and performed together while Theatre Arts majors at Hofstra University,on Long Island, New York, where they worked alongside Francis Ford Coppola, Lainie Kazan, and Madeline Kahn. After college, they played extensively at clubs and coffeehouses in the New York area, including Bud Friedman's Improvisation. They were then put under contract by Fred Weintraub, owner of The Bitter End. They performed in many college concerts. as well as major clubs like The Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., and The Troubador in Los Angeles.
The group disbanded in 1968, largely over creative differences. Each former member continues to pursue creative and artistic interests.