Alan King (December 26, 1927 - May 9, 2004) an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well-known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes.
Like many other Jewish comics, King worked the Catskill circuit known as the Borscht Belt. His career took off after appearances on the Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, and Garry Moore Shows. King also became a regular guest host for ?The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson?, hosted the Oscars in 1972, and was the MC for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. King was also the long-standing host of the New York Friar’s Club celebrity roasts.