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Lou Cutell | Prankster
On the small screen, Cutell has guest starred in over 200 television shows, including "Without a Trace," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Will and Grace," "Spin City," "Alice," "Barney Miller" and "General Hospital." He also played "The Assman" on the hit series "Seinfeld."
As a youth, Cutell appeared in several off-Broadway shows, including "Omerta" and "The Passion Play." These shows got the attention of an uptown director who gave him a small part in a production of "The Corn is Green." At Hoover High School in Glendale, California, a teacher encouraged him to pursue an acting career. He received his B.A. and teaching credentials from UCLA and an award for the best actor. Upon graduating from UCLA he was drafted into the Army and got into Special Services where he "killed" doing over 800 variety shows.
Cutell wrote and originated the part of Charley Milhouse in "Viagra Falls." After a seven-month run, Broadway called and it opened at the Little Shubert Theater in New York City, produced by the Nederlander Organization. "Viagra Falls" is his second major writing endeavor, having penned and starred in "The Sicilian Bachelor," a successful, award-winning farce that ran for almost a year in Los Angeles and the East Coast. After his army stint, he was asked to become part of the Yiddish company of actor Leo Fuchs. He did such shows as "Hopalong Yussell," "My Fairfax Lady" and "Katz on a Hot Tin Roof." Cutell thinks the Yiddish theater was the greatest lesson in comedy he ever had. He made his Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed musical "Young Abe Lincoln." This was followed by co-starring roles in a Jerry Herman, Tad Mosel musical, "Madam Aphrodite," directed by Robert Turoff. Then came "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with Billy DeWolf. During this period, he appeared as a solo act at the Bon Soir, a famous nightclub for new young musical talent. He was a replacement for the part of "Benny Bausbaum" in the original company of "Little Me" with Sid Caesar that went on a national tour. At the Dorothy Chandler in Los Angeles, Cutell did "Benny Southstreet" in their production of "Guys and Dolls" with Milton Berle.