Give Dad Laughs for Father's Day: NEW book, "The WICKED WIT of the WEST" by late Golden Age screenw
All dads who love juicy tales of showbiz history and lore will love getting the new book "The Wicked Wit of The West" by Irving Brecher, last of the great Golden Age Hollywood screenwriters, and journalist Hank Rosenfeld. Brecher wrote for the Marx Brothers, Berle, Benny, Gleason, Garland, and more! He died in November 2008 at age 94.
[USPRwire, Wed Jun 10 2009] Give the dad in your life a load of laughs for Father's Day! Give him the new book, "The Wicked Wit of The West" by Irving Brecher, as told to Hank Rosenfeld.
“The odds on any other book coming out this year being funnier than this are very slim…” –Author Magazine.
Who was Irving Brecher? The last Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer screenwriter from the “Golden Age” of the 1940s. Irv convinced Judy Garland to star in "Meet Me in St. Louis," wrote "Bye Bye Birdie," and gave Jackie Gleason his first TV series and a new set of teeth. The "Wicked Wit of the West" (as Groucho dubbed him) tells juicy tales about Hollywood legends John Wayne, L.B. Mayer, Jack Benny, George Burns, Ann-Margret, Ernie Kovacs, Cleo the basset hound, and of course, Groucho, Harpo and Chico.
When journalist Hank Rosenfeld met Irv, he had a million questions. What was it like to be the only man ever to write two Marx Brothers movies by himself? To be the last of the great MGM roundtable of screenwriters? To be the famous unknown who wrote vaudeville and radio shows for Milton Berle, punched up dialogue in "The Wizard of Oz," and created "The Life of Riley"-- on radio, in the movies, and as the very first television sitcom! Once Hank met Irv, questions like these dogged him. And Hank dogged Irv. He couldn't get enough of Irv's rapid-fire patter and acid wit. This book is the product of 7 years of Hank's tagging along with Irv, splitting pastrami sandwiches, and recording Irv's every word.
In a starred review, Library journal said, “Rosenfeld does a fine job as chronicler, selector, and muse… and his genuine friendship with Brecher is the reason that this book exists. Altogether delightful, this is an incredible reminiscence by a remarkable man.” And, from the Boston Globe, “Irreverent brilliance is on ample display….Brimming with delectable anecdotes and presented as a series of engaging interviews, Brecher's look back is like leafing through a scrapbook with your favorite crotchety uncle.”
Irving Brecher died November 27, 2008, at age 94, two months to the day before his 95th birthday and the publication date of this book.
Hank Rosenfeld has written for Spy Magazine, Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, the New York Post, Jewish Forward, and Premiere, among others. He has produced comedy shows for KSAN in San Francisco and K-ROCK (WXRK) in New York. He wrote jokes for the long-running Broadway show “Catskills on Broadway” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and lived as a deejay on the pirate-radio ship, The Voice of Peace, broadcasting “from somewhere in the Mediterranean.” Rosenfeld’s current credits include NPR, Marketplace, Weekend America and Off-Ramp, among others. He is a folk journalist.
See www.IrvBrecher.com for more information.