Mort Sahl was one of the great satirists of the 50s and 60s — turning his eye on politics when other comics were still stuck in the remnants of Vaudeville. His face even made the cover of Time in 1960.
But, as Brent Hopkins writes in a front-page profile in today’s Los Angeles Daily News, his career suffered in the late 60s as he argued that JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy.
He’s being saluted Thursday for his 80th birthday with a benefit at the Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood. Jonathan Winters, Bill Maher and Albert Brooks.
Hopkins writes, “Parked outside his favorite Starbucks on Beverly Glen Circle, just on the other side of Mulholland Drive, Sahl wove the conversation deftly from Sigmund Freud to the Democrats, the shallowness of Los Angeles, Ralph Nader, corporate America, Police Chief William Bratton and the ocmpany that produced the cup of coffee he sipped. All within the first five minutes.”
Sahl is still wildly acerbic, and isn’t too impressed with the field of ’08 contenders.