Take My Membership. Please

The Friars Club, home to entertainers from Henny Youngman to Sally Jessy Raphael, sits just blocks from my office in Manhattan, taunting me. As a young Jewish male, my lifelong dream was to date a tall blond. But my other dream was to join the Friars Club. I pictured Shecky insulting Slappy, Slappy mocking Nipsey, Nipsey taunting Soupy, and Soupy choking on his own phlegm. There would be a whoopee cushion on every bar stool, pie fights over stolen punch lines and a lot of catcalling at the mere mention of Zsa Zsa.

It was the home of every middling comedian...

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