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Simpler Times

by Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller's song "Simpler Times" is a fun commentary on the impact of technology on our senior citizens and their desire to return to simpler times. Jerry's touching narrative is a personal, introspective look at growing up during the depression.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
1:06 album only
2. Simpler Times
2:35 album only
3. Exclusive Interview
12:41 album only


Album Notes
Jerry Stiller's memorable characters have entertained fans for generations. Playing Frank Costanza on "Seinfeld" cemented Jerry’s status as a comedy icon, garnering recognition that included an Emmy nomination, an American Comedy Award, and a Paley Center honor as ‘TV’s All Time Funniest Relative'. Following "Seinfeld", Jerry appeared as Arthur Spooner in all nine seasons of the hit CBS series "The King of Queens", along with Kevin James and Leah Remini. Both shows, now in syndication, continue to delight audiences worldwide.

In the 1960’s, Jerry and his wife, the late Anne Meara, formed the groundbreaking comedy duo known as "Stiller and Meara". Their relatable sketches that poked fun at the male-versus-female dynamic earned them many opportunities to showcase their comedy act live in countless clubs and theaters across the country. This success also led to regular appearances on several variety and talk shows programs like "The Flip Wilson Show", "The Mike Douglas Show", "The Kraft Music Hall", and thirty-six performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show". It was on Ed Sullivan where Anne and Jerry debuted their signature sketch: “Computer Dating,” with a scenario introducing the short, stout Hershey Horowitz to the tall, beautiful Mary Elizabeth Doyle, two well-received characters that made their way into many other "Stiller and Meara" sketches throughout the years.

Their successes continued when Jerry and Anne began to pursue separate endeavors in television, film and theater. For TV, Anne starred as the title character in "Kate McShane", co-starred with Carroll O’Connor in "Archie Bunker's Place", with Valerie Harper on "Rhoda", and with a wise cracking puppet on "Alf". She also appeared for several years as Peggy Moody in "All My Children" and made countless guest appearances on shows such as "In the Heat of the Night", "Homicide", "Ed", "Oz" and "Law & Order: SVU". Her later work included appearances in "Sex and the City", and a recurring role as the paramour of Jerry’s character on "The King of Queens". Anne was nominated for a total of five Emmy Awards throughout her long television career. Her films include roles in "Lovers and Other Strangers", "The Out of Towners", "Fame", "The Boys From Brazil", "The Daytrippers" and ":Another Harvest Moon" as well as appearances in "Reality Bites", "Zoolander" and "Night at the Museum" for her son, actor/director/producer Ben Stiller. On the New York stage, Anne originated the role of Bunny in John Guare’s "House of Blue Leaves" and appeared again for Guare in "Bosom and Neglect". She starred in Richard Greenberg’s "Eastern Standard" and Harvey Fierstein’s "Spookhouse" as well as a revival of "Anna Christie" for which she received a Tony nomination. In the 1990’s, Anne also became an award- winning playwright with Off-Broadway productions of her works "After-Play" and "Down the Garden Paths".

On Broadway, Jerry performed in original productions of "Hurlyburly", directed by Mike Nichols, "The Ritz", "Passione", "Unexpected Guests" and "What's Wrong with This Picture?" In addition he appeared in revivals of "Three Men on a Horse" and "The Three Sisters". His film resume includes "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" with Walter Matthau, "Seize the Day" with Robin Williams, "The Independent" with Janeane Garofalo, "A Fish in the Bathtub" with wife Anne, and John Water’s iconic "Hairspray", in which Jerry played the role of Wilbur Turnblad, opposite Divine, and later the role of Mr. Pinky in the musical adaptation starring John Travolta. He has also made several on-camera appearances with his son, Ben, including the Academy Award-nominated short "Shoeshine", "The Heartbreak Kid" and "Zoolander". Jerry also received critical recognition for his autobiography "Married to Laughter, A Love Story" featuring Anne Meara and published by Simon & Schuster, with an exceptional Grammy-nominated audio edition produced and released by Random House. His one-man show "An Evening with Jerry Stiller" captivated audiences at The Cape Playhouse, Cornell University, The Tarrytown Theatre, The Morristown Theater, Syracuse University and many other venues along the East Coast. Jerry also portrayed the role of Harry, opposite his daughter, Amy Stiller, in the short film "Simpler Times" and provided the voice of the title role in the 2014 NBC holiday special "How Murray Saved Christmas". The CD "Simpler Times" features Jerry's debut as a singer/songwriter - a milestone the eighty-something year old hopes will let people know that it's never to late to find your voice or try something new.



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