Sunday, May 26, 2024

Frankie Valli Mourns the Death of Great Comic and “Real” Friars Club Member Stewie Stone


Frankie Valli has posted news to Instagram that the great comic and member of the real Friars Club, Stewie Stone, has passed away at age 88.

Stewie suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. When I spoke to his wife recently, she told me was in declining health. Condolences to their family.

There are only a few towering giants of the Friars Club left in retirement, like Freddie Roman and Dick Capri. Most, including my hero, Alan King, are now sadly gone.

Stewie was a little like Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night” character, a Catskills comic who worked the clubs, the cruises, was very funny but never made it big time on TV and the movies. He was a comic’s comic, and much beloved and appreciated.

Watch Stewie talk about his career below, and see Frankie’s tribute.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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