They're laughing. Rose Marie was also seated at the table. She was listening to some of our conversation. She motioned me over and wanted to know if I talk on the radio they way did with the boys in the band. I told her that I didn't. I just read the news in a pretty straight fashion. She practically ordered me to start letting my personality out on the air. She predicted, "It will change your career." She then wrote down her home address and told me to keep in touch. She was serious about that. I kept all the letters with advice from her. She suggested I try to write a few gags for her to use in other cities during her 4 GIRLS 4 tour. She was upfront and frank in her criticisms. Comedy was serious business for her. I can't remember the joke now but one I wrote got this response from her in a letter: "It died in Cleveland but they loved it in New York." That's when I knew I could set my sights on a career in Manhattan. And she paid me for the joke!
This wonderful woman and great entertainer has been at it since she was a little girl who could belt a song. She was known as "Baby Rose Marie." A documentary about Rose Marie is opening -- and she is absolutely thrilled about it. She's in her 90s. She's been promoting it. And I can't wait to see it. The documentary is called WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH.
WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH opens November 1st at The Landmark Theatre on W. 57th Street in New York City: www.landmarktheatres.com. I will be going to church to say all kinds of prayers that WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH gets an Oscar nomination.
By the way, a dear mutual friend mentioned me to Rose Marie at a wedding reception last year. She got my number and gave me a call! The voice now even huskier and the spirit still lively. It was terrific to be able to thank her again for helping me early in my career. I will always be grateful. I let my personality out on local radio, as she instructed me to do. It changed my career immediately and led to me getting tapped to start a career entertaining on TV. That was a dream come true.