[Blind Gossip] This surprising story about a famous comedian comes from someone who worked at a comedy club in the 1980s and 1990s.
I was working at a comedy club called [redacted] in [Southern California].
A lot of big names came through there, so I was in heaven. I got to meet a lot of the people that I really looked up to.
At the time, [Comedian] was one of the bigger names around.
That’s because, in addition to standup, our comedian was also getting a lot of exposure on TV and movies.
He was a nice guy, but a couple of folks had warned me that if he invited me over to hang out, not to go. They wouldn’t say why. They’d just smile and tell me I didn’t want to find out.
That sounds ominous.
He came in pretty regularly. By the time I’d been there about six months, I had gotten to know him pretty well. So one night he invited me back to his place to hang out.
Nooo! Never let a comedian take you to a second location!
We had a few drinks and he was showing me his comedy album collection.
And then, out of the blue, he asked me if I would let him watch me j*ck off for $50.
Twist! Yes, our story teller is male.
I didn’t know this at the time, but [Comedian] is gay and has a thing for twink types. I am straight, but I fit the profile.
Really? Our comedian was or is married to a woman.
So, gay and a Twinkie fan? We had no idea.
Sorry, not those kind of Twinkies.
I was taken aback and didn’t know what to do. So I countered. I said I would need at least a month’s rent to do that. I figured he would say no.
Instead he ask me how much my rent was.
Let the negotiations begin!
I told him $565. He didn’t say a word. He got up, went into another room, came back with $550 in cash and said that was all he had.
At that time, and for me, that was a lot of money.
I told him I would do it, but only if he assured me that this would never leave the room. He agreed.
The Comedian paid the young worker, the young worker made rent that month, nobody sent anybody a fruit basket or a box of Twinkies as a thank you gift, and that’s the end of our story.
There are a couple of more details.
He did not ask to touch me, nor did he remove his clothes. He just wanted to watch.
He requested I stick one finger up my *ss while I did it.
Let’s see him do a TV show about that.
BG Note: Not Louis CK.
Similar: He Forces Female Comics To Watch
[Optional] Did you know he was gay?
Gabe Kaplan. Show “Welcome Back Kotter”. Did standup, made movies.
Frequent gigger at the Comic Clubs, late night, then landed “Home Improvement.” Welcome “Home” mat possible clue?
I’m thinking someone from Saturday Night Live. Possibly Al Franken or someone from that era of SNL.
Eddie Murphy. There have been rumors for years, so no surprise here.
Eddie Murphy has the proclivity and that kind of cash at the time.
Not Harrelson. I thought he was a comedic actor and not a stand up. Also Kirstie Alley has said (on the Joe Rogan show) that he would crash at her place in the Cheers days and bring random women home.
I don’t think it’s Seinfeld, because he never really had a movie career. I’d guess Bob Saget, with the welcome mat picture suggesting a house, as in Full House.
German hillbilly says
Woody Harrelson Cheers. There was a welcome mat at the bottom of the landing into the bar. Twinkies were Woody’s what he constantly searched for in Zombie Land.
I don’t really know comedians that well, especially not the stand up ones, and especially not from the 80s/90s. Based on my limited knowledge, I can only think of one name: Eddie Murphy??
He successfully crossed over from SNL to real movies that people actually watch. Most of those SNL actors don’t cross over well onto the big screen.
Optional: if it is Murphy, no I didn’t know he was gay. He’s got 100 kids by a 100 women!
Just a guess – Martin Short?
Either Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock
Billy Crystal. Clue: Analyze That.
Was totally not expecting them to go through with the request!
I looked up a list of the most popular stand-up guys in the 1980s, and Louie Anderson seems the most likely. I also looked at an inflation calculator — that’s ~$1000 +/- 150 in today’s money, which seems a bit extreme to watch someone pleasure himself. Whatever gets you off.
Maybe Tim Allen, who did time in the Big House for drug-dealing back in the day? He might have acquired a voyeur habit while incarcerated?
I’m inclined to agree that Tim Allen might be the answer. Home Improvement started in 1991 and Toy Story in 1995. He did stand-up and was popular for his “Men Are Pigs” routines.
Exactly my thought too. And the picrure of the Welcome mat in front of a home kay be a clue to his show that made him a superstar “Home Improvment.”
No touch. Just watch. Negotiations. Howie Mandel. Deal or no Deal.
Louie Anderson (clue being “baskets”, as in his TV show “Baskets”).
Not surprised that he’s gay, but VERY surprised that a native Minnesotan would actually invite someone to his home!
He had a comedy show at Palace Station in Las Vegas and lived (leased?) A lux loft in a swanky tower. I heard those whispers too.
Sweet, good tipper, and GAY
Jerry Seinfeld, a TV show about nothing.
this is what i’m feeling
OMG, Bob Saget?!
Matt LeBlanc, base upon the welcome mat in the photo.
Optnl: Nooooo, if, indeed, this is him. He has always seemed like a bit of a machoman. I guess it was simply because he had the role of that Italio-American character
Changing my vote to Jerry Seinfeld.
You know, it’s nice to know that he was a decent human being to the person who provided the “entertainment.” Because of that, I’m saddened that, in the end, his privacy was invaded in regards to that private moment in his life.
Paul Mooney or Aresnio Hall.
Let’s see him do a TV show about that.
Seinfeld – “a TV show about nothing”
Am I wrong for hoping this is Andrew Dice Clay?
I hope this isn’t Steve Martin
What the…give me a break! What is wrong with some people? There sure are a lot of people who are twisted. I just hope this creep isn’t a comedian I liked back in the ’80’s.
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super sleuth says
Actually, David Alan Grier is my #1 guess, Jerry Seinfeld is #2 (something in “Let’s see him do a TV show about that” strikes me as a clue), and Damon Wayans (or perhaps someone else from “In Living Color”) for my remaining guesses.
Jerry Seinfeld…maybe that’s what took him so long to get married
Im gonna go with Howie Mandel for s* and giggles…
Jerry Seinfeld is the easy answer,
but I’m going with Dennis Leary FTW!
Comedians from that era famous for both tv and movies…
Comedian: Bill Cosby
Seinfeld. clues: Second location/Second button. Show about “nothing”. plus who carries that much cash unless you are doing real well
Did I know he was gay? Never cared, one way or the other.
kevin james? so many comics..
royal eduardo says
Eddie Murphy. If I recall, he had a scandal where he picked up a pre-op transgender woman a while back
Oh, dear … don’t let this be Steve Martin.
Didn’t know, but nothing surprises me anymore.
Comedian: Jerry Seinfeld, with his “show about nothing.”