Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 140
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 140

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 13, 1972
Page 140
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My Favorite Jokes by Liz Torres ^York's Improvisation, and small clubs in the area, her career was launched. She's been on the Douglas, Carson, and Frost shows- was a regular on the Melba Moore Show and'has played in clubs and hotels on both coasts. Here are some of her jokes and observations: Liz Torres puts her comedy into songs, dances--physical stances--as well as jokes about herself and her background. She does soulful parody songs like, "I never knew that our romance had ended until you poisoned my food. I thought it was a lark when you kicked me in the heart--ibut now / know it was rude..." She does a takeoff on the opera singer who'd appear on the Sullivan Show, sing a serious piece and then to prove she was a regular per" son would launch into a pop tune with operatic bravado. Liz was born in New York, grew up in Puerto Rico and New York, and at the age of 6 learned to speak English watching Arthur Godfrey on television. She got a full scholarship to New York University, studied drama for a year, and left to become a go- go dancer. "I thought I was in one field where a college degree was meaningless--you had to go out there and start performing quick. Soon I found myself a lead dancer in a chorus in Las Vegas." Back in New York she worked with comedian Phil Foster's comedy workshop, "The New York Stickball Team," now disbanded. After trying out her act at New And the rich get richer T:..... : :;" v ··':! ' fLJ ' . - ' · · · · · · · ; . · ' · · · · ' ' · I (dried) When I was first starting out in show business ,| lived in New York'sJHell's Kitchen just a few blocks from the club. It's* a lovely neighborhood if you happen to be six foot six and a Green Beret There were a lot of characters on the street at night Because the'club was so close I hated to take a cab so I'd brave it and walk home at 4 a.m. After awhile they got used to seeing me and some ~of Them would stop and chat They'd ask where I got my boots or my clothes. I'd tell them and the next day when I'd go back, I'd see them in the same outfit I was wearing. They did go shopping at my store--Goodwill Industries) We weren't always poor. In fact, as a child in-Puerto Rico, we were quite well off until the stock market crash. A truck ran off the road and killed my father's pig. We were forced to move into my uncle's automobile. I slept in the glove compartment--children have no rights! My mother tried to make it livable. She put little pompons-in the back window and a little dog with a rolling head on the back seat A lot of people in show business reminisce about how their guidance counselors or teachers spotted some talent in them which was hidden from everyone else's eyes. Well, my drama teacher wanted me to leam a trade. I just came back from Puerto Rico, I hadn't been there in several years and for me it was a real homecoming. I was working at the El San Juan Hotel. I got in, signed my name at the desk--they gave me an apron and sent me to the kitchen. I've been in a hundred companies of West Side Story. Gradually they began to use me as technical director in charge of accents and mambos. One company was so small that I had to play botho Maria and Conchita--and in one scene the girls do a duet · I go out with a guy who's very romantic. He always wants to blow in my ear--with a trumpet 17

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