DENNIS BLAIR as Joey Bishop is truly a Renaissance man. He is an accomplished screenwriter, award winning songwriter and comedic actor. Yet he is probably best known for the caustic observations and musical satires of his live comedy performances.
Early in his career, Rodney Dangerfield made him his protégé, and together they toured the U.S and Canada for over three years. Dennis conceived, co-wrote and appeared in Rodney’s hit movie, “Easy Money”. He also co-wrote and appeared in two Dangerfield specials on ABC, and was creative consultant for the album “Rappin’ Rodney”. The title song (which he wrote with Rodney) was nominated for a Grammy Award. His post-Rodney career has seen him opening for a multitude of celebrities such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Natalie Cole, Garry Shandling, Joan Rivers, George Wallace, Gloria Estefan, Joy Behar, Jackie Mason, and the late, great George Carlin, with whom he toured. Meanwhile, he continues to headline in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at corporate events and to open for celebrities and rock bands, and also appears from time to time as Joey Bishop as part of the Rat Pack corporate show. Movies, television, radio, theaters, comedy clubs, comedy albums, a book, a play…has he had his fill? “As long as there are jokes to be written,” says Dennis, “and as long as my family demands to be fed, I’ll be around.”