Thomas V. ‘Randy’ Costa (Randy Crane)

Comedian and emcee Thomas V. “Randy” Costa, also known as Randy Crane, died Sept. 4 of renal cell cancer in Los Angeles. He was 80.

He launched his 60-year-long career with stints in the Catskills and Cotton Clubs of Detroit, Chicago and New York City during the 1940s and ’50s. Accompanied by his singing partner, Betty Blue, Costa worked for Martin & Lewis and later performed on the “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

He moved on to Houston, where he produced numerous “Night of Stars” variety shows and performed at many southern coastal military installations. Such appearances led Costa, along with his family, to entertain armed forces in Vietnam, for which he was honored by Allied Forces commander Gen. Creighton Abrams.

Costa later relocated to Australia, where he continued to produce vaudevillian reviews and perform in national TV broadcasts.

He is survived by two sons and a sister .

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