This week, Ira spoke with Gordie Brown.
Gordie Brown, who is currently headlining at the Golden Nugget, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He began working as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald. After his co-workers entered him in an industry talent competition in which he took first prize, Gordie caught the entertainment bug. Shortly afterward, he pulled together $3,000.00, jumped in his car and headed south for Las Vegas. His goal was to break into the big time and work with fellow Canadians Paul Anka and Rich Little.
The gamble paid off. In less than two years, Gordie Brown was opening for both Anka and Little for more than a year. He went on to work with Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Barry Manilow, The Righteous Brothers and Jerry Seinfeld.
Gordie moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in stand up comedy where he had his national television debut on A & E’s “Evening at the Improv.” After co-hosting NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” He later wrote and sang the theme song for the Emmy award winning animated series “Life with Louie.” Gordie made several appearances on “Hollywood Squares,” and also landed the starring role of “Mr. Jones,” the caretaker of souls who encourages pivotal second chances, on Pax TV’s “Twice in a Lifetime,” a weekly hour-long drama series.