Sid Stone: Tell Ya What I’m Gonna Do!

Sidney Stone (1902-1986) spent his formative years in vaudeville and burlesque, and on Broadway, where was in the original productions of two plays by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, The Fabulous Invalid (1938) and The American Way (1939) and the 1942 revival of George Abbott’s Three Men on a Horse, among other shows. From 1948 through 1952 he gained what was probably his greatest fame as a pitchman on The Milton Berle Show (“Tell ya what I’m gonna do…”). Stone continued to work as a comic after this, in nightclubs and on television, making appearances on The Tonight Show, Mike Douglas, and Mack & Myer for Hire. From 1979 through 1982 he was in the original Broadway cast of Sugar Babies.

To learn more about vaudeville, where Sid Stone got his start, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, and for more on classic comedy please read Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube.