A native of Brooklyn, Steve grew up in the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. This was the perfect training ground for a dialectician and comedian. Steve learned at an early age how to use his gift for imitating accents to his advantage. Using his gift for mimicry, he would fool most people with his antics. Steve remembers the day he played “hooky” from school. Back then the truant officer would call each parent and verify the fact that their child was home.
Steve, using a rough growly voice took the initiative and called the school. He asked for the truant officer’s office. The officer answered, “Can I help you?” Steve, using as deep a voice as he could muster said, “Yes, Steve won’t be able to come into school today, he’s sick. “ The truant officer said, “And who am I talking to?” Steve cleared his throat and answered, “Um, this is my father speaking!”
He also realized that he was a prolific writer of jokes and stories; real jokes and cranked them out for special events at the local Church and Synagogue.
Motivated solely by his mother’s desire to have a REAL career: Teacher, Government employee, butcher… Steve became a Physics teacher and eventually an Assistant Superintendent of Schools on Long Island, New York. He loved teaching but couldn’t deal with the bureaucracy and the politics.
He left his academic career behind and ventured into the business world. After a noble effort and a very severe economic and emotional downturn, his back was to the wall. What a year: a business collapse and a divorce. Literally, with no money a dream and Jane at his side he turned his attention to his latent love of making people laugh. As Steve puts it, “I decided to follow my heart and become an impoverished comedy writer and performer.” The key word there was ... impoverished.
The comedy club circuit was no place to be starting a career at fifty-five. In “show business” age is everything. After years of struggling Steve’s epiphany was that comedy clubs were no place for a (almost) senior. His goal? Create something that no one has done before.
Motivated by his new manager Abby, Steve created his first show, the three-time award winning My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy! The show was met with rave reviews to sold out crowds throughout the country and overseas, and has become one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history.
Steve has written four additional sequels to his original hit: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m STILL in Therapy, his hilarious holiday show; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! The Battle of the Broadway Comedians and Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt... the therapy continues. Last year, Steve rewrote his original hit show and brought back some of his audience’s favorite characters in all new, updated hilarious scenarios. Steve’s shows are currently touring the United States, Canada, and South Africa and have received critical acclaim including winning The Connecticut Critics Circle Award, The San Francisco Drama Desk nomination, Broadway.com “Best new off-Broadway play”. Broadway World, “Audience Favorite Play” His latest project is a new book and screenplay about his (late in life) adventures in the entertainment business. It’s a real-life “Rocky” story entitled: From Brooklyn to Broadway in ONLY 50 years. Watch for it.