Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Hollywood Squares” Host Peter Marshall Calls Old Friend Shecky Greene “Best Comic Ever”


Shecky Greene defined the notion of the Catskills comic on “Ed Sullivan.” How many times has someone been called “a real Shecky Greene”? It’s a term of endearment if you’re trying to be a wise guy or a jokester.

There are a ton of tributes to Shecky today on the internet. He was 97! Few people realized he was still alive. But the idea of Shecky Green brings a smile to people of a certain age. We remember! He was from the hallowed era of Alan King, Freddie Roman, Stiller & Meara, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller. Before woke and PC– when jokes could be jokes!

His real name was Fred Sheldon Greenfield, but he did once a race horse called Shecky Greene. Shecky ran with all the famous Vegas guys, the mobsters and the showgirls. He was a big part of the now defunct Friars Club. His pal, “Hollywood Squares” Peter Marshall — also 97 — posted a lovely tribute to Shecky tonight.

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Roger Friedman
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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