When Stan Irwin was a struggling young comedian in New York, someone told him he should try out his act in Las Vegas.
"Where's that?" Irwin replied.
No matter: He signed on for an 11-day gig at a place called Club Bingo and stayed in town for decades as a booker of the day's great and not-so-great acts, including Wally Cox and the Beatles. In Los Angeles, he was Johnny Carson's producer for two years and Pearl Bailey's manager for 25. He also managed Carson's personal appearances for many years.
Irwin, a dapper impresario who used hypnosis to help stars afflicted with "Vegas throat" caused by desert heat and air conditioning, died Wednesday at an...