Morey Amsterdam on KFRC

Morey Amsterdam  Morey with Al Pearce on NBC

Morey Amsterdam was a Chicago vaudeville entertainer who came to the West Coast after working in a speakeasy owned by Al Capone and being caught in a gunfight.  He landed in San Francisco, where he found work as a comedy writer and performer on the "Blue Monday Jamboree" and Al Pearce's "Happy Go Lucky Gang".  He followed Pearce when he took his show to the national networks in the 1930s (second photo).   He became a regular on radio and television, and is best-known today for his role as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on the Dick Van Dyke Show of the 1960s.