Alum Ronnie Schell Still Getting Laughs After 60 Years

Friday, September 22, 2017

THE MOUNT AIRY NEWS (NORTH CAROLINA) -- At 85, he is the oldest regularly appearing comedian in Las Vegas, continuing a career that started more than six decades ago, while he was still a college senior.

Once he was done with his military service, Schell returned to his California roots, attending San Francisco State University. During his senior year he auditioned at a nightclub called The Purple Onion — a venue where stars such as Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers, Jim Nabors, and the Kingston Trio got their start.