October 2 at 4: OOPM PT, the 130th anniversary of the birth of comic book legend Groucho Marx will be marked on Facebook Live by host actor / director Frank Ferrante with phone interviews with a range of family members , friends and experts of Groucho. The two-hour event will be visible on Ferrante’s “An Evening with Groucho” Facebook page.
Marx, conceived by The New York Times as “America’s Most Gifted Funny Man,” spent seventy-two years entertaining himself in all media, from stage to movies, from radio to television and, with his brothers Harpo and Chico, revolutionized American comedy. In 1974, the 83-year-old Groucho accepted an Oscar on behalf of his brothers “in recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unparalleled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of cinematic comedy.”
Ferrante’s guests include film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, Harpo’s son Bill Marx, Gummo Marx’s son Bob, producer / director Robert Weide, illustrator Drew Friedman, author Robert Bader, archivist Groucho John Tefteller and Marx researcher Paul Wesolowski.
Host Ferrante, who has portrayed Groucho on stage and on television for 35 years, is a recipient of the New York Theater World Award and nominated in London Olivier for Groucho: A Life in Revue written by the son of comedian Arthur Marx. The film version of Ferrante’s solo An Evening with Groucho is due out later this year.
Detailed information about the event is available on the official Groucho Marx website www.grouchomarx.com.