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Pat Harrington and Howard Storm have led parallel lives. Storm grew up Jewish on the lower East Side of New York City. Harrington grew up less than two miles away in Hell's Kitchen, a Westside Irish kid. Both were sons of vaudevillians. Both did stand-up in night clubs. Both achieved national prominence on television. Harrington most portrayed memorable characters like Guido Panzini with 57 appearances on the Jack Paar Show and as Dwayne F. Schneider on the long-running comedy hit on CBS, "One Day at a Time." Storm hit as a comic on the Merv Griffin Show, but went on to direct over 300 shows on episodic television, including "Laverne and Shirley," "Taxi," "Mork and Mindy," "Rhoda," and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Harrington and Storm

Their new stage show at Theatre West is its only area appearance prior to a schedule of dates on the East Coast. It is a chronicle of an extraordinary friendship that has spanned decades. It is a collection of show business anecdotes (like the time Pat's dad, Pat Sr., had to sing "My Yiddish Mama" for gangster Dutch Schultz). It is a compendium of a unique period in the histories of live entertainment and television. It is also the framework for a collection of their best stories and funniest, laugh-out-loud sketches.

Harrington and Storm

In addition to a chronicle of one of the most exciting periods in show business history and a collection of side-splitting humor and routines, the show concludes with the two guys playing two of their character creations, Jimmy and Sam, in a short playlet about lifelong friends growing old in New York that is funny, poignant, and moving.

The two guys bring lifetimes of comedy experience to this very funny show.
You will get to see Harrington re-create the characters of Schneider and Guido Panzini (created so convincingly that Panzini was the subject of an investigation by the INS!). The winner of an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Drama-Logue Awards has a long resume of stage roles on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theater. His L.A. theater credits include "Catch Me If You Can," "The Pajama Game," "The House of Blue Leaves,"  "Love Letters," and "Blackout." In addition to Paar and "One Day at a Time," he was a regular with Steve Allen, "The Danny Thomas Show," and "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law." His films include "Easy Come, Easy Go" (with Elvis), "Move Over, Darling," "The President's Analyst," and "The Candidate."

Howard Storm toured as a comic opening for Neil Diamond, Petula Clark, Tony Bennett, and Andy Williams in addition to playing top clubs in New York (The Copacabana), San Francisco (The Hungry I), Chicago (Mister Kelly's), Vegas and Tahoe.  He appeared on the TV on "Tonight" and the TV shows of Mike Douglas, Steve Allen, and Merv Griffin. It was his experience as an assistant to Woody Allen on the film "Take the Money and Run" that led Storm to become a director. In addition to directing the entire first three seasons of "Mork and Mindy," he directed Jim Carrey in his feature film debut, "Once Bitten." Storm appeared in three Woody Allen films, "Take the Money and Run,"  "Bananas" and "Broadway Danny Rose."

The two guys have appeared at Theatre West in recent years as part of the traveling comedy troupe Yarmy's Army.

"Harrington & Storm: Two Guys Doing a One-Man Show" is directed and co-written by Michael Rhodes. He was a producer of TV series such as "Ellery Queen," "Delvecchio," "Turnabout" (with Sharon Gless, which he also created) and "Mariah," as well as miniseries and movies of the week. Rhodes wrote episodes and other scripts for television and feature film. He is a close friend of Harrington & Storm.

 

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