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Sarge

Sarge is an entertainer who performs to adoring audiences worldwide. His comedy delights crowds of all ages, while also blowing them away with his incredible musical abilities. 

 

Although comedy is his first love, Sarge is a self-taught piano savant, an author and

motivational speaker. 

 

He was born in Miami Beach, Florida during the Civil Rights Movement to a Jewish mother and black father, but given up for adoption soon after birth. Fortunately, he was quickly adopted by a couple who then raised him in Great Neck, NY. 

 

Sarge was brought up by his parents as an upper-middle class kid, attending the best prep schools in the region.

 

His artistic talents surfaced on his 6th birthday after his parents took him to see “The Sound of Music” on Broadway. When they returned home from the show, and without any prompting,he sat down at the family piano and began to play songs

from the show entirely by ear. He had never without ever touched a piano before, and it was then that his parents knew that Sarge was something special.

 

At seven, he would entertain in between hands of his grandfather Herman’s card games by doing impressions and jokes on cue. It was also at this time that his grandfather took

him to shows in the Catskill Mountains, which, at that time, was the live entertainment capital of New York State.

 

Sarge graduated from the all-boys South Kent School in thespring of 1979 where he received an award for his musical talents while also lettering in football. He then attended Boston

University’s School of Public Communication.

 

All the while, he lived with some sense of confusion because his adopted parents raised him in a Jewish household without much exposure to his Black heritage. This led to some internal conflict, feelings he tried to numb with alcohol, drugs and gambling. 

 

As a result of his ferocious addiction, Sarge spent part of his young adult life homeless, copping drugs at his hangout under the Manhattan Bridge in New York City. 

 

With a wealth of talent unrealized, on December 26, 1990, he had an epiphany that would change his life forever. On that day he made a decision to commit himself to sobriety and HE never looked back.

 

Sarge has been clean and sober since then, and he has dedicated himself to assisting others who are facing the same battle.

 

After a short stint as a talent representative, the stage was calling and Sarge enrolled at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.From that point forward, he would no longer represent talent. He would BE the talent. 

 

To make ends meet, he wrote, produced and performed for FOX’s wildly successful “Best Damn Sports Show Period”, as a nationally syndicated radio hostfor FOX Sports Radio, and worked extensively for ABC Wide World of Sports and CBS Sports.

 

“The NFL Today” host Greg Gumbel encouraged him to “be a comedian, you’re too funny, too creative and too bright not to go for a comedy career.” 

 

Sarge moved to his best friend’s pull out sofa in New York to embark on a career in stand-up comedy. And comedy was calling him. 

 

One night while Don Rickles was performing, Sarge watched the audience’s reaction to the

comedian’s barbs and hilarious monologue. At that moment, he set his sights on becoming a professional comedian. Ironically, today he is often compared to Rickles largely because of his rapid fire, off the cuff style of hilarious observational comedy. 

 

As has been proven hundreds of times, he has the rare ability to create an uproarious and moving 90-minute comedic performance on the spot by just walking into a room.

 

After playing clubs and colleges for three years all over America, Sarge found himself opening for some of the biggest names in music – Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Taylor Dayne, Donna Summer and Wayne Newton, just to name a few. These high profile gigs enabled his act to evolve from a comedy appearance to a full entertainment performance because he learned to weave his own musical talents into his shows.

 

Sarge has worked on some of the biggest stages in show business from Radio City Music Hall to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. One highlight was his entertaining our nation’s troops in Iraq.

 

Sarge is a highly sought after motivational speaker, and for the

past 7 years he has been working in treatment centers and recovery

residences bringing a revolutionary and groundbreaking modality

of “Comedy Therapy” to people suffering from addiction. 

 

Last year, his first comedy recovery film “Sarge Behind Bars” shot entirely on location of the Casper Wyoming Reentry Prison, placed second at the “REEL Recovery Film Festival” in New York and Los Angeles.

 

In 2017, Sarge released his autobiography and motivational book, “Black Boychick,” which traces his hilarious, inspirational life.

 

Today, he is one of the most sought-after high-energy, multi-talented acts on tour.

 

He is a proud father to his son, and a loving husband living in Florida.