Touring with Legends: A comic’s tale of opening for Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, Tom Jones and many more… (hardback)
When he was in his mid-twenties, singer/songwriter/guitar player Dennis Blair parlayed a dreary, dead-end rut performing for inattentive bar patrons into a standup comedy career. He took his newly-developed song parodies and comic banter to a late-night audition at Dangerfield’s in New York City, hooked up with Rodney, and for the ensuing years became both a headliner in his own right as well as the opening act for such luminaries as Rodney, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, Norm MacDonald, Tom Jones, the Beach Boys, Gloria Estefan, the Four Tops, and many more, including an 18-year stint with the late, great George Carlin which lasted until his death in 2008. This book recounts in detail many of the not-seen-by-the-public “backstage” stories; the funny, the triumphant, the tragic, the weird, the close encounters, the nightmare gigs, the friendships forged, the good times and the bad times that Dennis experienced as a co-worker and a friend to many of the biggest names in show business during those years. It’s a testament to how you can never really plan how things will turn out. Enjoy the journey.