Freddie Roman

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Freddie Roman
Birth name Fred Kirschenbaum
Born 1937 (age 80–81)
Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
Medium Stand-up comedy
Genres Jewish humor, observational comedy

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.

Roman currently resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Roman has headlined at resort venues, including Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip and Harrah's Atlantic City. He still appears today.

The Friars Club changed their 2-term maximum bylaw so Roman 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.

Quotes[edit]

  • "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."

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Stage[edit]

  • Catskills on Broadway (2003)
  • Sunrise Lakes Phase IV (2010)

References[edit]

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