Schnozzola - The showbiz nickname of
James "Jimmy" Francis Durante, a popular Italian-American comedian with the big
nose ("Schnozzola") who starred on this popular comedy variety program set in a
small nightclub called Club Durant.
At the end of each weekly performance, Jimmy paused to say "And Good night,
Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" and then slowly exited offstage following a
pathway made from overhead spot lights. Mrs. Calabash was Jimmy's first wife.
Jimmy Durante also appeared as a regular on the musical/variety shows ALL
STAR REVUE/NBC/1950-53; BUICK CIRCUS HOUR/NBC/1952-53; THE COLGATE COMEDY
HOUR/NBC/1953-54; TEXACO STAR THEATER/NBC/1954-55; and JIMMY DURANTE PRESENTS
THE LENNON SISTERS/ABC/1969-70.
Jimmy suffered a stroke in 1972 (leaving him wheelchair bound) and died in
Back to Top