Our first guest is the legendary Pat Cooper! For Jim Labriola they don’t come funnier than the rapid firing of Pat Cooper. During this hour we’ll explore the inner workings of show business, Vegas and the true roots of comedy. Be forewarned – this is a spicy episode from the ‘Closer’ of the Friar’s. Pat holds absolutely nothing back. Pat shares amazing chapters of his life in comedy with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Louis Prima and countless more.
Pat is much more than ‘the angriest man in comedy,’ he’s a genuine innovator and genius. While some only know Pat from his controversial appearances on the Howard Stern Show, he’s the Italian Comedian with the spit fire delivery of a King. We trace his career from ‘The Jackie Gleason Show’ to non-stop touring which hasn’t slowed down today.
Pat on the subject of Howard Stern: “Howard is not a friend, he’s a professional bully.” Cooper recounts Lucille Ball admonishing him to not appear on The Stern Show anymore.
Among the fascinating stories shared on this episode is Pat recalling his friendship with Jerry Lewis and even cooking him pasta on regular occasions.
Pat and Jim go way back so it’s only fitting that we kick off Season 1 of The HaHa Jim Comedy Hour with the man who takes us back to golden age of the laughing.