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Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - September 7, 1945

Joe E. Lewis Unveils Topflight Comedy at Opening

Joe E. Lewis, clown supreme of the country's cafe circuit, began his annual stint at Monte Proser's Copacabana last night and unveiled potent joe e lewisnew material that jolted the risibilities of the hep first nighters joe e lewiswith endless hooks and jabs of topflight comic significance. It seems superfluous to say that Joe was past master, in his own ripely humorous mold; the rough edges that have become the veneer of his act were so admirably fitted that the comedian emerged, possibly for the first time, as a comedian of great polish who disdained the ad lib as a needless instrument of rescue.

Everything was new and there was plenty of it. Whoever wrote the perfectly tailored material for Lewis, no doubt at a very good price, should receive some sort of award. There isn't a dull one in the lot. You'll be hearing about them. "Let Me Make a Buck Too," "They Won't Let Me Put It on a Platter" (James Petrillo please copy), the delicious version of "All of a Sudden" and the ode to a manicurist called "I've Gotta Get Buffed." Lewis and comic success are inseparable buddies.

Good Show, Too.

All this and the Copa show, too. It's another golden age comedystunner, staged by Douglas Coudy, costumes and millinery designed by Ted Shore, musical score joe Peter de Rose and Charles Tobias and orchestrations by Kenneth Ricketts.

Even from a poor vantage point, which necessitated craning the neck and peeping under and over the broad shoulders of Toots Shor and others. I was delightfully entertained by the superb ballroom work of Pierre De Angelo and Vanya. Truly the Copa has made an inspiring selection. And the dance furthermore, is given additional glory at the hands and feet of Miriam Lavalle, who does such turns with her supple body to make the unaccomplished spectator marvel at such youthful skill

Singing Goes Smoothly.

Singing is nicely taken care of by Dorothy Claire, a stylish blonde with considerable verve and vocal skill. Kirk Wood, the romantic type, with looks and a great voice and Fernando Alvares, a Copa alumnus, who joeIs back to handle the Brazilian stuff.

With such bounty of personal performance, it is easy to Lewis Cartoonoverlook I the Samba Sirens, who never have been exactly overlooked before. The eight girls are endowed with all the beauty of face and body you could wish, they move through their routines, like a school of well-trained horses and the costumes vie with the models for attention.

Joel Herron and his orchestra hitherto relegated to the position of show band without the distinction of billing, now is the top deserved promotion. They are assisted by Noro Morales and his band.

Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
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Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
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