Robert Klein


In March of 1965, Robert Klein auditioned for the famous Chicago Improvisational Company, Second City, became a member of the troupe, and there he spent the single most important year of his career. Klein returned to New York as a seasoned member of Second City and was seen by producer Mike Nichols and chosen for a role in his Broadway musical, The Apple Tree. Soon after that, Klein was cast in two more Broadway shows, Morning, Noon, and Night and New Faces of 1968. In 1970, he starred in Comedy Tonight, the CBS summer replacement for Glen Campbell's show. Klein and the show were highly acclaimed, and it was becoming very clear that Robert Klein was here to stay.

In 1973, Klein released his first album, Child of the Fifties, an ingenious collection of material which brought Klein to a vast audience, and won him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album of the Year. Subsequent albums included Mind over Matter, New Teeth, and Let's Not Mae Love. Also in 1973, Klein sold out a concert at Carnegie Hall. In 1979, he returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award nomination and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his role in the musical, They're Playing our Song. Klein has been a star in movies and on television as well. On the Big Screen, Klein has been seen in Hooper, The Owl and the Pussycat, Rivals, One Fine Day, Primary Colors, and many others. Klein hosted the Dead Comics Society on Comedy Central, has appeared on HBO, in television movies, and on numerous entertainment shows. From 1993-1996, Klein starred on NBC's Sisters as "Big Al" Barker. When Robert isn't making a movie, filming a one-man concert, performing on Broadway, at the White House ,or hosting a TV show, he "relaxes" by regularly traveling the country appearing at hundreds of colleges, universities, theaters, or in Atlantic City performing his brilliant comedy for sold-out houses.

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