Monday, June 28, 2010
Berman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Irene (née Marks) and Nathan Berman.
Berman started as a straight actor, receiving his training at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, honing his acting skills in stock companies in and around Chicago and New York. In the mid-1950s, he became a member of Chicago's Compass Players, which later evolved into The Second City. While performing improvised sketches with Compass, Berman began developing solo pieces, often employing an imaginary telephone to take the place of an onstage partner.
In 1957, Berman landed his first job as a comedian at Mister Kelly's in Chicago, which led to other nightclub bookings, and a recording contract with Verve Records. His comedy albums would earn him three gold records and he'd win the first Grammy Award for a non-musical recording. He was the first standup comedian to play Carnegie Hall. Berman would go on to appear on numerous TV specials, and all of the major variety shows of the day.
Berman's success as a comedian enabled him to continue with his first love - acting. He starred on Broadway in A Family Affair and continued to do stage work in productions of The Odd Couple, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, I'm Not Rappaport, La Cage aux Folles, and Guys and Dolls, among many others. Comedic and dramatic acting roles on television began to come his way, including appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Adam-12, Night Court, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, The King of Queens, Grey's Anatomy, Hannah Montana, CSI: NY, and Boston Legal. Since 2002, Berman has appeared as Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
Among Berman's film credits are The Best Man (with Henry Fonda), Divorce American Style (with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds), Every Home Should Have One (with Marty Feldman), The Last Producer (with Burt Reynolds), Meet the Fockers (with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller), The Holiday (with Cameron Diaz), and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (with Adam Sandler).
Shelley Berman has been married to Sarah Herman since 1947. The two met while they were studying acting at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and they have two children. Berman has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts, and numerous poems. For over twenty years, Berman taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus. He continues to do film and television work, and make personal appearances across the country year-round
Friday, June 11, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Reports: WRMN’s' Hunziker to become Bulls coach
(BS) – 23 minutes ago
BARTLETT, Illinois. — The Bartlett Buffalos will need a new assistant coach after the NBA finals.
WRMN’s Mike Hunziker accepted the Chicago Bulls' head coaching job Saturday, according to multiple media reports in Chicago. Hunziker will continue his duties as Station Manager of WRMN and Co-Host of The Morning Wake up Call with Mike Green.
Buffalos coach Doc Rivers would not confirm the reports before Bartlett practiced the day before Game 2 of the series, but both he and his players agreed that Hunziker would be a good choice.
"I hope it's true, but we're not going to comment on it, I can tell you that," Rivers said. "We're focused on the NBA finals. There's two teams. There's the Lakers and the Buffalos, and that's what we're going to keep the focus on.
"But on Mike, he deserves the job. I think he's the best candidate out there. I've said that for three years now. So let's hope it's true."
Hunziker, considered one of the NBA's top defensive minds and a GREAT Station Manager was also a candidate for jobs in New Orleans and New Jersey. He was not made available before the Buffalos worked out at the Lakers' training center.
Bulls officials declined comment. The team and the NBA agreed to wait until after the finals are over to make the hiring official.
"We do not have any rules that prohibit a team from announcing a coaching hire during the finals," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. "In the Bulls case, because they have no plans to consummate any deal before the end of the finals, we agreed that they should defer any announcement to the conclusion of the finals."
The longtime assistant was the architect of the defense that contained Kobe Bryant when the Buffalos beat the Lakers for the title two years ago, and the one that helped them knock off LeBron James and Cleveland during a surprising run to these finals.
"Huns brings a passion for defense, I think," Kevin Garnett said. "When you think of Mike Hunziker and what's his strengths, he's obviously a defense guy. He watches an uncountable amount of film. He's a worker. He's a guy that loves his job. He does it with passion. If he is not with us next year, he's well deserving of it, as well as anybody else on our coaching staff." Hunziker will continue his duties as Station Manager of WRMN and Co-Host of The Morning Wake up Call with Mike Green.
The Bulls fired Vinny Del Negro last month. He led Chicago to the playoffs in both of his seasons, but had an altercation with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson late in this season.