Stanley Myron Handelman

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Stanley Myron Handelman
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Born(1929-11-21)November 21, 1929
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 5, 2007(2007-08-05) (aged 77)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
MediumTelevision, stage
Years active1950s–2007
GenresStand-up comedy

Stanley Myron Handelman (November 21, 1929 – August 5, 2007) was an American stand-up comedian who, during a ten-year period between 1965 and 1975, appeared on numerous television variety shows.[1]

Early years[edit]

The Brooklyn-born Handelman was a late 1960s fixture on programs such as The Merv Griffin Show, Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers, The Barbara McNair Show, The Flip Wilson Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

His stooped, resigned appearance and surreal sense of humor ("I just got up from a sick bed. I don't know what's wrong with it—it just lies there") made him a highly-recognizable celebrity on the talk show circuit and resulted in about ten appearances on Johnny Carson. After the demise of the TV variety shows, he accepted a handful of acting roles and subsequently taught the art of stand-up comedy in Los Angeles.[2]

According to the Third Amendment and Complete Restatement of the Rodney Dangerfield Trust, there were two bequests regarding Handelman. The first was to distribute to Handelman upon Dangerfield's death the sum of $10,000 in cash (page six, 4.3 (f).) The second was to distribute during Handelman's lifetime the sum of $800 per month (page nine, 6.3 (a).)


Handelman married four times, and had four sons and one daughter. They are Paul, Michael, Robert and Daniel, and his daughter, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.


He died on August 5, 2007, in his Panorama City, California home in the San Fernando Valley from a heart attack.[1] He was 77.


  1. ^ a b "Stanley Myron Handelman, TV and Nightclub Comedian, Dies at 77". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 19, 2007. p. A29.
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (August 15, 2007). "Stanley Handelman, 77; popular comedian on TV and stage in '60s and '70s". Los Angeles Times.

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