Sunday, December 6, 2015
Betty and Jane Kean: Pioneering Comedy Team
In the late 1940s and early 1950s Betty and Jane Kean were among the only major women in nightclub comedy. While not necessarily what you could categorize stand-up comedians, they were most certainly creatures of the nightclub scene. They regularly performed at The Copacabana, the Latin Quarter, Chez Paree, Ciro's, and major Vegas hotels. They were perhaps the most prolific comediennes in that pre-Phyllis Diller time period. They did sketches, impressions, double entendre, and song parodies written for them by comedy writer Eli Basse. They were an old fashioned supperclub act that died off as the coffeehouse style comedians took over during the Beat Generation.