How Sweet It Is! A Jackie Gleason Toast

George Bettinger, host of The Mom & Pop Shop, in Boca Raton, Florida, will be on hand for How Sweet It Is! A Jackie Gleason Toaststarring Friars Club comedian Bob Greenberg and singer Jimmie Bush, Jr. at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 27th from 8-10 pm. Fellow Friars Bob and George have been friends for years and have worked together on many occasions.

How Sweet it Is! A Jackie Gleason Toast is a tribute to Jackie Gleason & his fellow TV Icons – Lou Costello, Laurel & Hardy, Curly of the 3 Stooges and Alfred Hitchcock.  There is also a tribute to the great singers Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and more!

Comedian Bob Greenberg is a stand-up comic whose credits include The Friars Club, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand-Up NY & Broadway Comedy Club. He recently toured as Morty in Old Jews Telling Jokes at George Street Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Trinity-Rep, Penn’s Landing Playhouse and more. Recent New York shows include The Stella (NYFF), The Diorama (Off-Broadway), A Modest Suggestion (Off-Broadway) & The Jazz Singer (Off-Off). Films include The Comedian, Dark Corner (short), The Tailor (short), Glow Ropes, Heartbreak Hospital, Big Money Hu$tla$ and Maid in Manhattan. TV includes “Vinyl,” “The Characters,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Lights Out,” “Next Best Thing,” “Letterman,” “Conan,” “Primetime Live” & “Law & Order.” Regional theatre includes The Odd Couple (Gateway Playhouse and Candlewood Playhouse), Harvey Running in the Red (Flat Rock Playhouse)On Broadway, he hosted The 39 Steps Talkback Tuesdays.

Singer Jimmie Bush, Jr. is a native Floridian whose musical tastes range from ballads, pop and standards to country, blues and gospel. Jimmie has performed in New York City, Las Vegas, and Florida, receiving high praise from Sinatra’s musicians. He was also honored with a special night at the New York Friars Club. Jimmie’s musical influences are the musical stylings of Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis, The Temptations, George Strait, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Chuck Berry, Ben E. King, Ricky Van Shelton, Merle Haggard and Michael Buble.

George Bettinger is well known as the host of the immensely popular “Mom & Pop Shop Radio Show.” At a young age, George developed a great appreciation of classic comedians from the golden age of silent and early sound films. By 16, he was impersonating Groucho Marx, Eddie Cantor and other legends, when he caught the eye of broadcast legend Joe Franklin, who featured George regularly on “The Joe Franklin Show” on WOR-TV. He was also writing and appearing in comedy bits on “The Uncle Floyd Show.” In 1982, George created an early cable TV series called “Movie Magic,” which ran for five years. Throughout the late 1980s and ’90s, George kept busy auditioning and booking numerous radio and television commercials, playing the voice of the animated red M&M on NBC promos for “Frazier” and “Will & Grace,” one of the highlights of his commercial career. Teaming with his mentor Joe Franklin on Saturday nights on WOR radio as Joe’s “Man of 1000 Voices,” gave George the opportunity to release his CD, The Mom & Pop Variety Shop on Original Cast Records.

“The Mom & Pop Shop” has been broadcast for the last seven years from a studio in Miramar, Florida. The show, which has been featured on NBC & ABC network news, is what they call a “hybrid” in today’s world, as it brings the charm of old school entertainment to the fast pace of the internet. It is filled with the same sorts of impressions and character bits, attracting a devoted audience that chats up daily on the show’s Facebook page. “The Mom and Pop Show” broadcasts every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 4 pm – 5:30 pm on “It’s Right Here” on Miramar Radio.

DATE: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 8-10 pm

THEATRE: Boca Black Box ~ 8221 Glades Rd. ~ Boca Raton, FL

TICKETS: $25 – $35