Early in his career, Pollack turned down a chance to do stand-up on Johnny Carsons Tonight Show, choosing instead to wait until he had something to promote before coming on the program. A year later he was on Johnnys couch talking about his work in the film Willow before launching into a string of impressions. He then taught a captivated Johnny how to do Peter "Columbo" Falk. Carson became a fan and had him back many times, and not just to promote films, as acting became Pollacks primary vocation. He has made almost 40 films in the past 35 years, many of them dramas, several critically acclaimed. His stand-up act still draws raves as well.
Pollack performs at The Improv Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood) Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $21 to $23. Visit www.improvftl.com.
Sat., April 22