This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Dennis Blair.
Comedian Dennis Blair is an accomplished screenwriter, award-winning songwriter and comedic actor.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Blair talks about his beginnings as a musician and his decision to add comedy to his act; becoming Rodney Dangerfield’s protégé; performing as the opening act for George Carlin for more than 18 years; the difference between the live stage and movies; and his upcoming jazz album.
Blair conceived and co-wrote Rodney’s hit movie, “Easy Money,” and also played two cameo roles. He co-wrote and was a featured actor in two Dangerfield specials on ABC, and was creative consultant for the album “Rappin’ Rodney.” The title song (which he co- wrote) was nominated for a Grammy Award.
His post-Rodney career has seen him opening for a multitude of celebrities such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Melissa Manchester, Joan Rivers, Elayne Boosler, George Wallace, Gloria Estefan, Joy Behar, and Jackie Mason.