Show Business: Yakety-Yak

"If you can't stand an hour of literate, intelligent conversation, then I urge you to go see your minister, your priest, your rabbi, or your psychiatrist: you are deathly sick." The speaker was Alexander King, sometime adman, artist, editor and dope addict, who has turned the kind of anecdote-flavored coffeehouse talk that has long been familiar in his home town (Vienna) into a highly successful TV act. His garrulous appearances on the Jack Paar show helped boost his current bestseller, Mine Enemy Grows Older, a book of amusing, scurrilous reminiscences. His often witty, sometimes vulgar, hour-long weekly talk show on Manhattan's...

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