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.