It was Ed who coined this famous definition: “A comedian is not a man who says funny things; a comedian is a man who says things funny.” Ed did both, first as a vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies star, then as the “Perfect Fool” (so named from one of his many self-produced Broadway revues), as radio’s “Fire Chief” on the popular Texaco-sponsored program, and as an early pioneer at the dawn of network television. He attained a level of praise and respect from his comedy peers, critics, and, of course, the public, rarely matched by any other comedian since. In his later years, he became a highly-acclaimed dramatic character actor, much to the surprise and joy of all who didn’t know he had it in him (including Ed himself). Yet for all his impressive achievements, this comedian/actor/director/writer has been too often overlooked in the years since his death in 1966. Perfect Fool is meant to help correct this injustice with reviews, interviews, and never-before published photos, some courtesy of grandson Tracy Keenan Wynn.
About the Author
Garry Berman is an entertainment historian and freelance writer. His previous books include Best of the Britcoms, a celebration of the finest British situation comedies to appear on American television, and We’re Going To See The Beatles!, an oral history of the Beatlemania era as told by the original generation of fans who lived it first-hand. Berman has also published a comic novel, Old Wave, and writes comedy scripts between book projects. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen and their two spoiled dogs."
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