Comedian Shecky Greene performs in 1976.
Comedian Shecky Greene performs in 1976.
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When prohibition ended, the Mafia was well-poised to maintain a grip on the country's burgeoning nightclubs, which featured comedians between the big band music and jazz.

Shecky Greene, Kaye Ballard and Larry Storch — some of the comics who worked those clubs in the ‘50s — recall what it was like to work for their underworld bosses.

Kaye Ballard died in January at age 93.

(Originally aired October 5, 2002)

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