Joey Faye

Joey Faye (July 12, 1909 – April 26, 1997) was an American comedian and actor, born Joseph Antony Palladino in New York City. He gained fame as a comic in vaudeville and claimed he created two of vaudeville's more renowned pieces of business, "Floogle Street" (a.k.a. "Susquehana Hat Company" on YouTube[1]) and "Slowly I Turned".[2] In addition to an active career in vaudeville and the legitimate theater, he appeared in many movies and TV shows.


Faye memorably playing second banana (the second-ranking comedian in a show) to Phil Silvers in two Broadway shows, High Button Shoes and Top Banana (he also appeared in the 1954 film. In a Broadway career that stretched between the late 1930s and the early Nineties, he appeared in 17 shows altogether, including Room Service (his Broadway debut), The Tender Trap (he also appeared in the 1955 movie adaptation), the 1965 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Neil Simon's musical Little Me.[3]

He appeared as a guest in many TV shows from 1949 thru 1984 and a series of "Short Subject" films, including Mack & Myer for Hire (1963), about two bumbling plumbers, who rode around in a motorcycle with a sidecar, attempting repairs, but producing chaos.[4]


Joey Faye died of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey on April 26, 1997. He was 87 years old.[4]



  1. "Bagel Street, aka. Susquehanna Hat Company routine—Abbott and Costello skit, taken from "In Society"". Abbott and Costello - Who's on First. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. "Slowly I Turned": A Piece of America's Pop Culture
  3. Joey Faye at the Internet Movie Database
  4. 1 2 Joey Faye at the Internet Broadway Database
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