Freddie Roman (born Fred Kirschenbaum 1937 in Jamaica, Queens, New York) is a Jewish-American stand-up comedian, best known for his frequent appearances at "Borscht Belt" hotels. Dubbed "king of one liners", he is currently the Dean of the New York Friars' Club.
Freddie Roman grew up in Jamaica, New York. His father was a shoe salesman. His uncle and grandfather owned the Crystal Spring Hotel in the Catskills. There, Freddie was given a chance to emcee on summer nights at age 15. He became a teenage comic in small resorts, but later left show business to work for his father. He became the proprietor of a ladies' shoe store, but soon realized his true love was "not in shoe business, but show business".
His son was Alan Kirschenbaum, a television producer, who died in 2012.
The Friars Club changed their 2-term maximum bylaw so he could stay on as its Dean.
Freddie co-wrote, and starred in, the stage show "Catskills on Broadway", as well as appearing in several films.
- "Eleven years ago I became president for two years. I'm like the Fidel Castro of comedians. I'm president for life."
- "Mike Tyson is an interesting story. He's the only person in America who's driving a 250,000 dollar car, who actually made the license plates for that car."
- The Last Laugh (2006)
- Bittersweet Place (2005)
- Christ in the City (2005)
- Finding North (1998)
- Sweet Lorraine (1987)
- The Big Room for MTV's Ha!
- Friars Club Roasts
- Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent
- Now That's Funny!
- Stark Raving Mad
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
- The 46th Annual Tony Awards (presenter)
- Red Oaks (Amazon.com) 7 Episodes Herb
- Catskills on Broadway (2003)
- Sunrise Lakes Phase IV (2010)
- Strauss, Robert. "IN PERSON; In a Club Full of Comics, The King Is Also a Jester", The New York Times, December 11, 2005. "Three or four times a week, Mr. Roman travels into Manhattan from his house in Fort Lee, where he has lived for six years, and holds court in one of the dining rooms at the Friars Club, formerly a doctor's town house on East 55th Street."