Wake Up with the Wagners Video Vault Story about Allen and Rossi

allen and rossi strip sign Wake up with the Wagners went into their video vault for a segment that aired February 12th 2014 about the historic career of Allen and Rossi.

Click here to see the clip.

The clip covered their careers and even touched on the lifetime contract they had with the Vegas World Casino before it became the Stratosphere.

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My Buddy – Starring Sandy Hackett Coming to Las Vegas March 15th & 16th

Sandy Hackett has a wonderful touching play about his father and my friend Buddy Hackett.  It will be at the Star Bright Theater on March 15th and 16th.

A loving tribute to legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett ***STARRING SANDY HACKETT***

LEGENDARY COMEDIAN BUDDY HACKETT is brought to life in this live musical, theatrical production, told by the person closest to him… his son, Sandy Hackett.

Directed by Lisa Dawn Miller, the show takes the audience on a journey that explores the deep bond between a father and son. Sharing personal anecdotes, Sandy brilliantly captures the nuance of his father’s comedic style as he reminisces about a lifetime together, including the 10 years they spent touring on the road, sharing stories and memories from the beginning days of Buddy’s career, to his skyrocketing success as a movie star and night club entertainer, to being the most sought after comedian of his day – to his rule breaking, fearless comedic truth, which broke barriers paving the way for today’s comedians.

“My Buddy” reveals personal, never-before-heard stories about Buddy Hackett holding court with some of his friends: Johnny Carson, George Burns, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Alan King, Mickey Rooney, Harvey Korman and countless more.

With the success of “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” produced by Hackett and Miller, Sandy shares what inspired him to honor his father and his pals, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin and tells stories of the times they shared together when they ruled the Las Vegas strip and beyond. Through original, distinctive, humorous and poignant Hackett storytelling, “My Buddy” is funny, witty and touching as Sandy recreates some of his father’s comedic moments and for the first time uncovers some interesting family drama that transpired after Buddy passed away in 2003.

“My Buddy” will make you laugh, make you cry and put you in the mood for a kosher hot dog and a beer… in the story that has never been told until now, the life and times – the joy and pain of comic genius Buddy Hackett.

Steve Rossi and Las Vegas’ Finest Celebrities will Roast Former Mayor Oscar Goodman on July 23rd

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Steve is thrilled to be among the A list entertainers who will lend their humor to the ShowBiz Roast of Oscar Goodman on July 23rd at the Stratosphere.

As a performer with over 50 years of roasting other entertainers you can bet Steve will bring in the brutal tongue and cheek revelations you expect to hear about his friend Oscar Goodman. You may recall that Steve and Marty were roasted at the Friars club of New York in 1965. 

Get your tickets from the Stratosphere box office online today.  

This event is a benefit for Oscar Goodman’s charity Miracle League of Las Vegas. 

 

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Steve Rossi and Slappy White Recognized by Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson for Promoting Better Racial Understanding

Jet Magazine February 27, 1969

Jet Magazine February 27, 1969

Steve Rossi and Slappy White were recognized by Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson for promoting better racial understanding in 1970.

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Jet Magazine September 3, 1970

Jet Magazine May 27, 1971

Jet Magazine May 27, 1971

Jet Magazine September 1968

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The act split up more than a year later with Slappy running for Vice President.

The Legendary Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi is half of the world famous comedy team of Allen and Rossi. At the age of 6, he appeared in Going My Way with Bing Crosby, The Jolson Story and over 30 movies.

At 16, Steve received a scholarship to The University of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, arts and theater and in Latin and Greek.

In 1954 Steve co-starred with Mae West in her sold out concerts all over America.

Steve Rossi and Mae West in Las Vegas 1954. All rights reserved copyright Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi and Mae West in Las Vegas 1954.
All rights reserved copyright Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi teamed up with Marty Allen in 1957 where they became America’s #1 comedy team.They appeared on over 700 television shows including 44 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show 3 of which were with the Beatles in 1964. Other shows he guest starred on were Perry Como, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Steve Rossi and Marty Allen with the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

DERE_1Allen and Rossi were also regular guests stars on “What’s My Line“, “Hollywood Squares“, “Password” and numerous other game shows. They also starred in several Paramount films notably The Last of the Secret Agents with Nancy Sinatra and Ed Sullivan as guest stars.

The film is shown worldwide and has been the movie of the week on Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and 11 appearances (a record) on American Move Classics. Most recently September 21, 1999.

Steve Rossi produced and starred in The 25th Anniversary Allen and Rossi Special with special guest stars Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Redd Foxx, Martin Sheen, Ernie Borgnine, Rich Little, Jack Jones and Tony Orlando.

Steve has produced 11 comedy albums and eight singing albums on such labels as RCA and Columbia. Steve sold 2 million copies of his hit record “More”, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Enjoy listening to Steve’s hits on his Last.fm station. 

On May 20th 1999, Steve Rossi was inducted into the Show Business Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1999, Steve celebrated his 50th year in show business and is young enough to look forward to the next 50 years.

Steve Rossi on the Morning Blend

Thank you Channel 13 Las Vegas for having Steve Rossi on Friday, December 14th 2012. Click on the image below to view the full clip. 

Steve shared his memories of Mae West. He also talked about his show Rich Little’s Jimmy Stewart and Friend which he co-wrote and is there 5 night a week as the director of the show. Rossi on the Morning BlendDuring the broadcast the interview was interrupted for coverage of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Steve has those families affected by this unthinkable tragedy in his prayers.

Thank You Patty Warren for Sharing Your Memories of Showgirls ’79

Classic Las Vegas showgirls with Allen & Rossi. Check out these wonderful memories from 1979. Patty was the gorgeous star of the show!

 

Steve Rossi Back at Work With New Pacemaker!

As Norm Clark noted in his column of August 2nd, 2012 in the Las Vegas Review Journal: 

 

Steve Rossi is back on the job as director and co-producer of Rich Little’s show after having a pacemaker installed. Rossi, best known for teaming up with Marty Allen as the Allen & Rossi comedy duo, turned 80 in May. Little’s “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” is nearing its 18th week at The LVH.

Steve thanks his family, friends, and many well wishers during this time of recovery. He looks forward to working for many more years and has resumed his usual schedule including 5 nights a week at the LVH for the Jimmy Stewart & Friends show.  Steve is both director and c0-writer of the production.  

This stage production is certainly a pleasure to behold with great ticket specials including some very special offers for guests with local Nevada ID.

If you are visiting Las Vegas the LVH is offering some great room rates for ticket holders.

Special room rates from $49 and late check-out is available for show ticket holders! Call (800) 732-7117 for reservations and ask for “LVPROMO RATES”. Show tickets must be presented upon hotel check-in.

Book today! Please call the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Box Office (24 hours a day) at (800) 222-5361 for tickets

 

Classic Television Showbiz Blog Interviews with Steve Rossi

Check out the interviews of Steve on the Classic Television and showbiz blog. This is a great insight into Steve’s career that may surprise those who think they know everything about his rise to fame.

Steve Rossi Interview Part One 

Topics Include: Joe E. Ross, Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange, Lee Hazlewood, Marty Allen, Telly Savalas, Cindy Williams, Slappy White, Phil Foster, Norm Crosby, Mitch DeWood, the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen, Break up of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Danny Aiello, Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, Harry Crane, Gene Baylos,

Steve Rossi Interview Part Two 

Topics Include: Working with Mae West, Arthur Godfrey, Trini Lopez, Slappy White, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Batman and Rubin, Bob Kane, The Man From O.R.G.Y., Real Gone Girls, Howard Stern, the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen,

The Ed Sullivan Show – LIVE from Las Vegas Special 1968

Steve appeared in a historic on the road episode of the Ed Sullivan show in March 1968. This program usually broadcast live from New York but made a special trip in March 1968 to feature Ceasars Palace in color.

 

When it was Big News that the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas Would Have 27 Floors

Seems quaint today that it once made international news that the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas was going to have a casino on the 27th floor. Of course Allen and Rossi were part of the big story.