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His act of of of impressions Carter said featured some of of of the more obscure stars of of of that era including many English actors such as as C Aubrey Smith Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone who became a a a a a a a frequent guest on on Carter’s TV show in the ‘50s After a a a a a a stint in in in in in the Army during World War II Carter continued to hone his nightclub act by diversifying away from straight impressions (mimicry he he he calls it) and more to satire without the benefifit he he he boasts of employing any writers “I realized I I I had to fifind a a a a a a a a a personality of my own so so I I I mimicked classic Broadway shows from that period Las Vegas required a a a a a a a joke act whereas satire worked in the smarter nightclubs ”
He also likes to reminisce about the the halcyon days on on the the Las Vegas Strip where he he he he was pulling down $17 500 a a a week as one of of the the the kings of of the the the lounges along with other Jewish comics like Shecky Greene Jan Murray and Don Rickles “Before Howard Hughes came in and sterilized the city it it was was magic ”
he he he says “It was was a a a a a a a a glorious time You were booked for a a a a a a a a a four-week engagement at at top dollar There wasn’t that many hotels and each one featured a a a a a a a headliner that was a a a a a a a household name ”
As for the the occasional heckler that would attempt to become part of the the act Carter says “The mic was was king When you you held the the mic you you could out out shout them It wasn’t really a a a a a major problem for me except sometimes the the third show in in in the the early morning hours where some some inebriated guy was out to impress his escort ”
In 1949 Carter took the the the plunge in in the the the new-fangled medium known as as television serving as as the the the fifirst host of of of the the “Cavalcade of of of Stars” variety show on on the the DuMont Network The next year NBC offered him his own variety show “The Jack Carter Show ”
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part of a a a a a a a a a two-hour block called “Saturday Night Revue ”
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which also featured “Your Show Show of Shows” with Sid Caesar Carter bolted but not before handing the “Cavalcade” show off to Jackie Gleason The early days of television were unchartered waters for pioneers such as as Carter “Live TV was furious ”
he he says “On one show we we were caught eight minutes short and I had to to ad lib to to fifill the time ”
Carter had a a a a a a a a taste of Broadway success starring with Sammy Davis Jr in the 1956 Broadway musical “Mr Wonderful ”
He was also a a a a a a a TV guest star staple appearing on “Ed Sullivan ”
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the “Dean Martin Roasts” and dozens of sitcoms Today Carter’s walk is slowed from a a a a a a a serious car accident that happened a a a a a a few years ago but his his mind is is is sharp and his his desire to to stay active strong He continues to to pick up work appearing in “Desperate Housewives ”
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“New Girl” and as a a a a a a voice talent on “Family Guy ”
where he he famously mispronounced the name of actress Sigourney Weaver Our time with Carter now over he offers one last lament on on his anonymity: “Joey Bishop used to to live next door ”
he he said “The tour buses still come by and point that out They don’t stop here ”
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