Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ken Shapiro

Child actor, writer, comic performer, director, and producer best known for The Groove Tube (1974) -- via AKA Kenny Sharpe. Though many probably don't remember the film, it was the link between the sketch comedy of Monty Python and "Saturday Night Live." It was crude and funny, pitched perfectly to my then-13-year-old sensibilities. I laughed so had I couldn't breathe on first viewing, and would break embarrassingly into gales of laughter for weeks afterward just thinking of it. And, when I first went to NYC, one the first things I did was go to midtown and dance and sing like an idiot, in tribute.