The first issue had Howie Mandel on the cover and he still had hair. He lost it doing that rubber glove on the head bit?
"What Wall Street is to Stockbrokers, RAVE is to comedy," George Carlin said at the ABC Comedy Awards show.
I took the cover shots of Richard Jeni and Louie Anderson. We paid a lot to get the great Jack Davis to do a "mad mad" cover for us.
Rave was free, making money with ads and promotions. Dennis Miller did a free show in Chicago sponsored by a vodka company.
My pix. Carol Leifer, who I booked for an ADL banquet along with Joan Rivers. I took the photo of Dennis Miller at his office at Saturday Night Live.
The Jack Davis cover was a favorite, the Steven Wright cover was odd, but our Rodney Dangerfield cover was the one that got a magazine art award.
Sam Kinison was the biggest star in the new wave of nightclub comedy when RAVE began. His records were huge sellers -- and I caught up with him during a promo appearance at Tower Records.
Bobcat Goldthwaite was another "edgy" comedian in the new wave. How startling? I was so stunned by him, even off-stage, I have no idea where either of us were when I took this picture.
Billy Connolly was trying to break the USA market, despite the heavy Scots accent. Keith Richards was at the Bottom Line drinking at a table - I only pointed my camera toward the stage!
My favorite among the fresh, inventive new comedians was Emo. The photo session I did with him was surreal, the only time I brought "props" with me, including a taxidermy pheasant.
Emo remained in character through the interview. The only regert is that we didn't choose a different photo on the cover, but at the time nobody thought Emo topless with a banana in his mouth was "gay." Really.
I had little control over the art department, so no idea why they used another banana-mask-pheasant photo when we'd taken so many different shots. Next page - Cleese making faces, and promoting RAVE. Watta guy.
A definite THRILL was covering Friars Roasts, and mingling with the stars before the festivities began. Peggy Lee, Howard Cosell and Robert Merrill didn't do comedy that night.
Bill Dana dropped by to be on Steve Allen's radio show. I was so glad to meet him; a great comedian, actor and writer. I memorized those Jose Jimenez albums when I was a kid.
I knew so much about the Smothers Brothers and could name-drop Judy Henske, Mason Williams etc. Tommy Smothers stopped in amazement asking, "Who ARE you?" Just a big fan.
A bit of an oddity here, as I took the photos but someone wrote the story. John Cleese obviously had a bombastic sense of humor even off-stage.
I always had room for Jackie. I rarely too pix of the stars holding up RAVE, but he was glancing through an issue and decided to pose. Since he was in it.
Another legend I got to meet and photograph: Victor Borge. His one-man show had a record-setting run on Broadway.
I took the photo of Soupy Sales at the legendary Horn & Hardart automat. It was only a few blocks from his apartment
in the East 30's.
I walked him back to his place, and he spontaneously posed, sticking RAVE in the newsstand display. Lots of fans recognized him and he stopped to say hello back. He explained "It takes just as much time to be nice as to be nasty."
I took the photo of Rita, and of the dancer. My better half, Suzanne, documented my very first encounter with Brother Theodore, who would become my closest comedian-friend.
Not a real page, just some random stuff. I took the Letterman-Carole Leifer shot was taken at a private party he threw. An unexpected empty space in the mag got a cartoon tossed in. Yeah, by me.
Theodore used my article in RAVE for his press kit, along with a an 8x10 that was also taken at this same session at the 13th Street Theatre. We became close friends, with a lot of phone calls between visits.
I escorted him to Steve Allen and Dick Cavett radio sppearances, and as his mobility lessened, visiting me was a strain, so I turned up at his West 74th street apartment. I always had fun hanging around with the underrated genius, Richard Jeni.
They KILLED, they were artistic as well as great comedians. They even made it to Robert Klein's talk show but...STILL memorable for me: Los Trios Ringbarkus
My favorite article title. Richard was a fun interview. He did like control; we could only choose from pre-approved photos. I took a shot at the interview just for me, and promised NOT to use it.
He used his real name for his paintings: Lawrence Eisler. I interviewed Eddie Lawrence at his studio. Great man. Loved it when his wife said I looked like I could be Clive Revill's son.
What, a "corny" comic inspired by guys like Red Skelton? RAVE did not just do "edgy." Bob Nelson was a talented guy. Carson absolutely loved him.
One of my rare glamor photo shoots. Comedy isn't pretty? Wish I had room to do full page on Jenny Jones, who went on to her own talk show.
I photographed and interviewed Brett Butler, Rita Rudner, Margaret Smith...but easily the most vivid and original was the Giver-Goddess, Judy Tenuta