Rip Taylor was born January 13th, 1935 and has been wreaking havoc ever since. With recent appearances in JackAss, The Aqua Bats and next in the new comedy movie Arthritis Hotel, the legendary King of Confetti, Rip Taylor, has been introduced to a new generation of fans which is another reason he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard for movies, film and television.
Although most of his new admirers don’t realize it, Rip Taylor has dazzled audiences worldwide in a career that has spanned over forty years. A master of comedic timing and a consummate showman, Rip has headlined in Las Vegas, appeared on hundreds of television shows, played the lead in various plays and musicals, and frequently taken a dramatic turn in feature films. It is no exaggeration to say that Rip Taylor has succeeded in every facet of the entertainment industry.
The phenomenon that is Rip Taylor began when Ed Sullivan could not remember the young comedian’s name, he introduced Rip as “The Crying Comedian.” Ed Sullivan accidentally stumbled upon Rip’s niche, and after that appearance Rip found himself booked solid for months. This taught the young performer the importance of having a memorable hook.
Bright costumes, outrageous props, wacky wigs and colorful confetti soon followed – and Rip Taylor became a pop culture sensation.
Rip is one of television’s most recognizable celebrities. A guest star with over 2,000 television appearances under his belt, Rip has brought his wild energy to The Gong Show, Password, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show,, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and to the coveted center square on Hollywood Squares.