Freddie Roman, Staple Borscht Belt Stand-Up Comedian, Died age 85

Freddie Roman, a prominent stand-up comedian in the Borscht Belt region of the Catskill Mountains and an integral member of the prestigious New York City Friars Club, died of a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Saturday, his daughter Judy Levin told TMZ.  Told that Roman was 85 years old.


The actor, writer and producer was also known for his Comedy Central roasts of various celebrities including Rob Reiner, Hugh Hefner, Jerry Stiller and Chevy Chase.  As a fixture at the Friar's Club, the private club dating to its founding in the early 20th century and known for its roasting pancakes, Roman was dean emeritus for years starting in the 90s, after which he was  Was succeeded by the late Larry.  and in recent years has hosted the likes of Jack Black, Barbara Walters and Bob Saget.


Born in New York City, Roman performed at various national venues such as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Harrah's in Atlantic City.  In addition to his comedy chops, Roman counts film credits in the documentaries "Welcome to Kutscher: The Last Catskills Resort" (2012), "Bittersweet Place" (2005), the short film "Christ in the City" (2005), and the short film "Christ in the City" (2005).  Finding North" (1998) and "Sweet Lorraine" (1987).  He also played himself in 2019's "The Comedians" starring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Patti LuPone.  Some of his TV credits include "Red Oaks" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent".

Freddie Roman, Staple Borscht Belt Stand-Up Comedian, Died age 85

Roman also conceived and starred in the "Catskills on Broadway" revue, which featured routines by himself, Mal J. Lawrence, Dick Capri and Lewis Duarte.  The show originally ran on Broadway from 1991 to 1993.


He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ethel, and their daughter.

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