…. Is a Renaissance man. He is an accomplished screenwriter, award-winning songwriter and comedic actor. Yet he is probably best known for the caustic observations and musical satires of his live comedy performances.
Early in his career, Rodney Dangerfield made him his protégé, and together they toured the United States and Canada for over three years. Dennis conceived and co-wrote Rodney’s hit movie, “Easy Money”, and also played two cameo roles. He co-wrote and was a featured actor in two Dangerfield specials on ABC, and was creative consultant for the album “Rappin’ Rodney”. The title song (which he co- wrote) was nominated for a Grammy Award.
His post-Rodney career has seen him opening for a multitude of celebrities such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Melissa Manchester, Joan Rivers, Elayne Boosler, George Wallace, Gloria Estefan, Joy Behar, Jackie Mason, and the late, great George Carlin, with whom he toured exclusively for over eighteen years. He’s been active throughout his career in other areas, too:
– TV appearances including “The Tonight Show” and HBO
– Winner of the “Charlie Award” for “Best Comedian in New York”
– Winner of the Emmy Award for the animated film, “Confessions of a Standup”
– Two comedy CD’s: “Live Performance Anxiety” and “Words, Music and Drunks”
– Starred in the Los Angeles production of “…Also Appearing”, his one- man show about his experiences as an “opening act to the stars” – His book about that subject, entitled “Me First”, awaits publication
– Co-hosted “The Stephanie Miller Show” on KTLA Radio with his friend Elayne Boosler
Meanwhile, he continues to headline in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at corporate events and to open for celebrities and rock bands. He is also featured in two ongoing shows in Las Vegas; XCountry at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, and XComedy at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. He also has revived his songwriting career with his former songwriting partner, with an album of country music entitled the “Dennis Blair / John Durkin Compilation”….
Movies, television, radio, theaters, comedy clubs, comedy albums, music albums, a book, a play…has he had his fill? “As long as there are jokes and songs to be written,” says Dennis, “and as long as my family demands to be fed, I’ll be around.”