By Benjamin Mandil as-told-to Hank Rosenfeld.Read more
"It was moving and gripping... There is such a zest for life in it...It sounds like a spoken voice - as though one is listening instead of reading. The pre-war descriptions are truly wonderful...I wish I had done the same."
Welcome to My Website
Hank Rosenfeld here — no doubt you don’t remember me from the stage comedies I wrote for the Bond Street, DaK, and H.E.A.P. theatres in New York City during the 1980s and 90s. Our productions toured Germany, the Netherlands, Minneapolis and New Jersey!
While living in NYC, I was also on staff at Spy Magazine, known for its “smart, fun, funny, fearless” stories. My stories have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, their Times Sunday Magazine, the Detroit News, NY Post, Premiere, PAPER, the Forward, Moment, Jewish Journal and Shambhala Sun. All are welcome here. As a storyteller on NPR and APM shows “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace,” “Weekend America” and “Off-Ramp,” with stints at KPCC and KCRW, I produced comedy shows on the commercial side of the dial, at the legendary KSAN in San Francisco and at Howard Stern’s last terrestrial station, K-ROCK (WXRK) in New York.
Did you know that I wrote jokes for the long-running Broadway show, Catskills on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre? $50 bucks a gag, baby. Once I even lived on a pirate ship, as a radio deejay, playing records aboard The Voice of Peace, which we said was broadcast, “from somewhere in the Mediterranean.” And then, while writing for the Athens Times, I was arrested for robbing the National Bank of Greece in Syntagma Square. I didn’t do it! Whew — determined innocent, I was beaten anyway, but also given a wonderful recipe for tzatziki.
Irv Brecher, The Wicked Wit of the West, protesting the 2007 Writers Strike. “As Chester A. Riley would have said, `What a revoltin´ development this is.´ But he only said it because I wrote it.”