Mort Sahl on Possibly Leading Woody Allen Back to Stand-Up

Last week, New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff shared an interview with Woody Allen. The article generated a fair bit of excitement because of Allen’s revelation that he has been inspired by a recent Mort Sahl comedy performance at the Carlyle Hotel to possibly contemplate a return to the stand-up stage:

“I was thinking of it. Since I saw him [Mort], I’ve just been toying with the idea. I would love to see if I could. Just getting together an hour of stuff to talk about would be a lot of work.”

FishbowlNY was curious how Sahl felt about possibly being once again Allen’s comedy muse. The 86-year-old legend, via email, was kind enough to respond.

“To your question on why Woody might have been “sparked” by the [Carlyle Room] shows,” Sahl writes, “I can only say that perhaps I had subjects in my monologue – movies, directors, beginnings in comedy, formulaic comedy – that registered with him and were experiences that we had together.”

“He laughed when we remembered talking about giving up comedy and going into the restaurant business so we’d have someplace to go at night,” Sahl adds. “Dick Cavett, also a friend for over 50 years, joined us. Dick went on to learn English – Woody and I didn’t.”

Ha ha. One can only imagine the topics Allen might touch on in a new stand-up routine, as Itzkoff subtly alluded to in his final interview question. Sahl has more New York shows lined up for early September and is also performing this Friday July 26 the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. Better hurry up though, interested west coasters. A rep for Sahl tells us tickets are almost sold out.

[Photo above, taken December 28, 2011 at the Regency Ballroom, courtesy Steve Bahcall]