- A guy named Don Appell, who was an actor and a director.
I would do impressions and I would try to make him laugh.
And I'd tell him jokes, and he thought I had something.
And he called somebody at the Butler Lodge and said, 'Give him a shot at it.'
I was 15, in a play called, 'Uncle Harry.'
They made me up, they gave me a wig, they gave me a beard, 'cause I'm supposed to be a little older.
A mustache, a goatee.
I was very nervous, and comes a time when I said, 'Won't you have a little water?'
The glass slipped and broke, it shattered.
There was water everywhere, on Harry, on me, on everybody.
And I didn't know what to do, so I walked down stage, faced the audience, I took off my wig and my beard, and I said, 'I'm 15, I never did this before, I'm not really an actor.'
And they screamed with laughter, and the director of the play, I think, grabbed a knife and followed me through the mountains, wanting to kill me.
But I knew then that straight plays were not for me.