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Alan Sherman Trivia Date of Birth 30 November 1924, Chicago, Illinois, USA Date of Death 20 November 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA (emphysema) Allan Sherman introduced Bill Cosby to his first national audience. Famous song parodist, usually teamed with Lou Busch. Author of two books, "A Gift of Laughter," an autobiography published in 1964, and "The Rape of the APE" (American Puritan Ethic), a critically praised comic history of the sexual revolution published in 1973, a few months before his death. Comedian and song parodist extrordinaire, whose humor albums ("My Son, the Folksinger," "Allan in Wonderland") were best-sellers during the 1960's. Said to be one of then-President John F. Kennedy's favorite comedians. Kennedy could frequently be heard singing Sherman's parodies. Scored a top-ten hit in 1963 with "Hello, Muddah! Hello, Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)." Original creator/producer of both "I've Got a Secret" and Jackie Gleason's game show fiasco "You're in the Picture," the former running almost two decades, the latter running for only one week! Died while entertaining friends at the piano. Hosted "The Tonight Show" episode with the first apperance of a 25 year old Bill Cosby.
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