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Marty Ross  

Stand-Up Comedian; Known as "The Wrinkled Rebel"

They call him the “Wrinkled Rebel” but if that’s true, he says he’s “going down fighting.” He’s comedian Marty Ross who started his stand-up comedy career late in life, so he may have to take a nap before the fight. Marty waited until he was almost eligible for Social Security before taking to the stand-up stage, so “I could fully experience the misery of getting old,” he says.

Ross shares this misery with audiences of all ages. Young people enjoy the fact that though he looks like their grandfathers, but he certainly doesn’t act like their grandfathers... and old-timers? Well they can just relate, period. Like when in the midst of a political discussion with his family, he was asked his opinion of various presidents. The topper was when he mentioned that Washington was the father of our country, and his grandson asked if he voted for George Washington.

He’s always had the performing bug. In the late '60s he worked by day and took the stage at night in black out comedy sketches. By the 1970s, he had taken his comedy to radio. He dabbled with open mics in the '80s and '90s while still holding a day job, but when he turned 65 his life underwent a huge transformation. In the middle of yet another divorce, he realized at his age he was now un-hirable in the clothing industry, so he joined the stand-up comedy circuit full time. Just six years later, he has become a seasoned comedian with a full-blown stand-up comedy career.

Marty is now single, older, still very much alive and delighting audiences all over the Western United States and on the Las Vegas Strip. Last year he recorded a pilot for Vin Di Bona Productions, and he has just launched his first comedy CD, “Wrinkled Rebel: Going Down Fighting, But First, A Nap.” The condo retirement communities also embrace his work, and he is fully enjoying his new profession.

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