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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Joey Bishop papers
    Collection number: 2260
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 29.0 linear ft. (45 boxes and 11 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1976,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1967-1969
    Abstract: Joey Bishop started his career as a nightclub comedian. He was featured on The Joey Bishop Show and The Joey Bishop Show (late night talk show), and acted in various motion pictures, including Ocean's Eleven and Valley of the Dolls. In the 1960s and 1970s, he also performed regularly with the Rat Pack. The collection consists largely of records pertaining to The Joey Bishop Show (late night talk show) and is made up of guest research files, guest contracts, weekly lineups, and financial records. Also included in the collection are a small number of scripts representing Bishop's other television projects.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Bishop, Joey

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Portions of the Guest Contracts are restricted. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed in writing to the UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joey Bishop Papers (Collection 2260). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7680379  

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Nora Garibotti, 2014 and 2015.


    Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, later changed to Joey Bishop, was born February 3, 1918 (some sources say 1919) in Bronx, New York. Bishop established himself as a nightclub comedian by the early 1950s, and was nicknamed The Frown Prince of Comedy for his cynical demeanor. It was during this time that he caught the attention of Frank Sinatra, who hired him as his opening act. Bishop started his television career performing standup comedy on the Cavalcade of Stars. He regularly appeared on the game show Keep Talking, and as a guest host for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. In the 1960s, Bishop earned a spot in the Rat Pack, a group of entertainers comprising Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford, who performed live in Las Vegas, Miami, Atlantic City, and Palm Springs.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of comedian and actor Joey Bishop. The bulk of materials are related to the Joey Bishop Show (late night talk show) and include research files pertaining guests and potential guests, weekly line-ups, financial records, and guest contracts. Additionally there are a small number of scripts representing Bishop's appearances on other television programs. Notably absent are materials related to Bishop's film career and connection with the Rat Pack.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Joey Bishop Show Records
    • Television Projects

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bishop, Joey
    Actors--United States--Archives.
    Comedians-United States-Archives.