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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.He was ,ultimately, succeeded by Larry King, who is the present Dean of The Friars Club.
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.