Bob Zany made his first television appearance at the age of 15 on the Gong Show. They still repeat that, he says. I still get residual checks. Its 53 cents for each appearance, but this was before I was incorporated, so they take taxes out. Four cents actually goes to FICA, so Ill be seeing that when I retire.
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Zany peppers his audience with one-liners. You ever meet the overachiever guy? he asks; (he) says, Ill sleep when I die. Why dont you go to bed early? That style of comedy, though, seems to be a dying art. I dont know, Zany ponders, everyone has such short attention spans youd think it wouldnt be the case. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean this summer, and its so long Im going, How in the hell did they market this and to who? I dont even have time, and I probably have a little more patience than people who watch YouTube.
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