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50 MORT SAHL FANS CAN'T BE WRONG....
Mort's been sticking fairly close to his Mill Valley digs, with maybe a monthly date at the Throckmorton Theater, where he might do a night of stand-up or a night of hosting an old movie and doing a Q&A with the audience about it.
 
June 2013, Mort made a rare trip into New York City for a few dates at the Carlyle Hotel, which was apparently due to some string-pulling from longtime fan Woody Allen.  One newspaper reported about 50 people came, but that's the nightclub business these days. If people want political comedy they stay home and check the gags from Leno, Letterman and Kimmel free at 11:35, no cover, no minimum. 
 
Another bit of disappointment was the failure of Jerry Lewis to get his movie "Max Rose" into theaters. It didn't impress anyone at Cannes, although a few critics thought the scene with Jerry and other "old cockers" grossing about women and aging had its funny moments. That's where Mort had his cameo scene (replacing the deceased Ben Gazzara).
 
Also not exactly aiding in the aging process, in May of 2012, his new management hoped that the alternative to just working a local club once in a while would be YouTube, and some kind of streaming podcast. After a Kickstarter campaign failed ($10,000 to be on YouTube? Ask Jackie Mason how you can just get a camcorder and do it free...) there were a few streams made from the tiny Throckmorton club in Mill Valley.

About 37 people tuned in. Some have complained that Mort's lean to the right and Obama-bashing have turned some oldtime fans away, along with the familiar anecdotes about Reagan and Haig, but there's always hope. Dick Gregory's around somewhere, Berman, Newhart...a "legends of comedy" tour is still a possibility with the right agent and the right venues.
 
April 2011 issue of "American Spectator" features an article on Mort. A pretty obscure 'zine but it's the thought that counts.
 
Mort completed his gig teaching at Claremont McKenna College. No more classes are expected...but Mort is available for lectures (and can be reached via the Throckmorton Theater.)

Laugh.com has no plans for re-issuing Mort's albums on CD beyond "At the Hungry i," but "Next President" has become available as a digital download (check Amazon) and his "Sing a Song of Watergate" is also now a download, re-titled "Mort Sahl Live" to disguise the age of the material.
 
Fans of Mort's anti-Obama one-liners ca still find them via:  www.twitter.com/mortsahlsays

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Backstage after the BB KING date in New York, his last "biggie," which was put together by this website and Mort's manager at the time, Irvin Arthur. A lot of people showed up, and after Mort got some congrats from Elaine May, Woody Allen, Dick Cavett and a host of others...

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Thanks to everyone who attended the MORT SAHL-UTE ON JUNE 28th, 2007.
This Birthday Party/Tribute Concert for Mort brought out some of the greatest names in comedy, including Shelley Berman, David Brenner, Albert Brooks, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Kevin Nealon, David Steinberg, Jonathan Winters and many more. Below...some friends congratulate Mort backstage after the show.

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