Mal Z. Lawrence


Mal Z. Lawrence starred in the hit show "Catskills on Broadway," where he had the audiences literally loosening their collars, gasping for breath between laughs, and begging for mercy before his next comedic course is delivered. Widely known as a "tumult-maker," he has sustained a career spanning over 30 years entertaining audiences in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the Catskill Mountains. It started back in 1955 when he was drafted into the army. "I learned I could get out of the Friday night detail by performing stand-up at the Officers' Clubs." He then entered the All-Army Talent Contest and landed first prize - a spot on the popular Ed Sullivan Show. The reaction to his appearance not only helped launch his career, but turned out to be the first of a series of Sullivan Servicemen shows.

When it came time for his comedic training, Mal Z. went the route every young comedian took at the time - the Catskill Mountains. Acquiring a job as a social director was the goal for every entry-level comedian. A number of social director jobs were made available to him in exchange for room and board and a chance to perform once a week. In the early 60s, Mal Z. continued working the circuit, but, at the same time, began playing various small clubs around the city. In 1964, Tony Bennett hired him as an opening act and they toured across the country. In 1966, he hit the big time with an engagement at the world-famous Copacabana. "That's when I became Mal Z. It gave me more space on the marquee and I swear, from there, things took off." Mal Z. began appearing on The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Tonight Show. In 1975, he was signed to all the hotels in the Howard Hughes chain in Las Vegas and was also booked into Atlantic City as an opening act for such performers as Wayne Newton, Ray Charles, and Paul Anka, among others, all the wile using the material he gathered and wrote in the Catskills as his bread and butter. Since that time, he now plays Atlantic City regularly where he has co-headlined at the Trump Plaza.

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