The Last First Comic
How Burlesque Died and Irv Benson Lived to Tell It!

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Abe

Absolutely sensational, a life well lived, indeed. And hysterically funny. Absolutely worth your time. I plan to watch it again. So will you.

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Bert

The Last First Comic had its first public screening at the Backlot Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. I sat in the back of the theatre and as the film played I quickly realized the extent of Irv's comic genius. Five years earlier, we'd recorded his interviews with just a handful of crew members ...Read more

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