Got his start at the age of 15 performing as an emcee at the Crystal Spring Hotel, his uncle and grandfather's Catskills resort.
Became a shoe salesman when his early forays into acting and comedy could not support his family. Despite hating the work, he persevered for six years before being able to return to the stage full-time.
Got his big break when Totie Fields was so amused by his performance that she invited him to join her nationwide tour.
Created and performed in the original Broadway revue Catskills on Broadway, where he and other classic Borscht Belt comedians Marilyn Michaels, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri recreate the Catskills Jewish vacation resort experience.
Appointed Dean Emeritus of the New York Friar's Club after serving as its dean for an unprecedented 20-year term.
Alan Kirschenbaum — Son
Ethel Kirschenbaum — Wife
Judith "Judi" Kirschenbaum — Daughter
New York University, New York, New York, United States