The Theater: New Comic in Manhattan

Broadway columnists were busy as swizzlesticks, mixing a fresh batch of superlatives. The comedian they sweated to honor was a young (31) ex-G.I. named Peter Lind Hayes.

Last week, besides his three-a-night routine at the Copacabana supper club, Peter Hayes also: 1) began a four-a-day run at the Roxy Theater (thereby upping his weekly take to $4,000); 2) quit radio writing, acting and singing (because he wanted time to sleep); 3) landed a principal comedy role in the Nunnally Johnson-George Kaufman fall play Park Avenue; 4) was offered, but had to refuse because of...