Howard Rapp was born into a family whose life was surrounded by "Show Business." From the time he turned thirteen years of age, he joined his legendary uncle in a company as we still know today as, Charles Rapp Enterprises.
A mere ninety minutes from Broadway, in a region of New York State known as the Catskill Mountains, an unheralded birth took place in 1935, which was to dramatically influence the entertainment industry, as we know it today. It was the year Charlie Rapp began a long and acclaimed career as one of the biggest one-man buyer and supplier of show business talent in America. Charlie Rapp made his mark by concentrating his efforts on developing new talent and booking shows for more than 300 hotels which flourished during the pre and post war years in an area of Sullivan County still affectionately dubbed "The Borscht Belt."
Charlie Rapp was credited with helping to develop the careers of such as stars as Milton Berle, Jan Murray, Red Buttons, Diahann Carroll, Neil Sedaka, Norm Crosby, Jack Carter, Sid Caesar, Phil Foster, Buddy Hackett, Steve & Edyie and the list goes on.
Howard joined the company full time in 1969 after graduating Long Island University and in 1970, brought in Arnold Graham as a partner. Together they helped to usher the transition into the modern era of show business. With the death of Charlie Rapp in 1974, they took the reins and helped develop the new talent careers of Robert Klein, David Brenner, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Rodney Dangerfield, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno and many others.
Today, with offices in New York and Florida, Howard is very excited to have teamed up with NYK Productions, LLC and his new partners, Arie Kaduri and Alison Chaplin. NYK-Rapp Enterprises, LLC is involved in representing other Broadway and Off-Broadway Projects such as Rip Taylor starring in “IT'S NOT ALL CONFETTI," CORY KAHANEY'S "PASTRAMI ON RYE WITH MAYO" and Greg Lewis in “SOME GREEKS ARE NOT IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS.”
10 in 60 Guests
Jeff and Sandy reminisce about the comedy biz and discover their paths have crossed a few times over the years.
Tymon talks about family and shares stories about growing up in East Saint Louis.
Will talks about his history in entertainment and shares his experience working as an in-house intern for the Clinton Administration.
Joanie talks about the bonds between being a mom, her career, and her hit comedy "3 Blonde Moms."
Steve shares his experiences growing up Jewish, and reflects on the late Robin Williams and Joan Rivers.
Howard talks with Sandy about his legendary uncle Charles Rapp, and the family's dramatic influence in the entertainement business.
Sandy and Steve compare old school and new school comedy, and discuss Steve's play "Rest, In Pieces."
Brad shares his insight and philosophies about being in entertainment.
Norm talks to Sandy about the early days in his career and colorful moments along the way to becoming one of the most recognized performers in show business.
John and Sandy share poignant memories of the late Robin Williams.
Ron joins Sandy, remembering cherished moments with his friend, the legendary Robin Williams.