Legendary Comedian Marty Allen Celebrated 94th Birthday at Triple George Grill

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March 25, 2016

Legendary Comedian Marty Allen Celebrated 94th Birthday at Triple George Grill

LAS VEGAS – Legendary Comedian, Marty Allen, celebrated his 94th birthday with a special lunch at Triple George Grill on March 23, 2016. Accompanied by his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, and friends Roy and Judy Student, Allen enjoyed his meal in a private booth.

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Marty Allen (far left) celebrated his 94th birthday at Triple George Grill with wife, Karon Kate Blackwell (left) and friends Roy and Judy Student (right) on March 23, 2016.

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Marty Allen celebrated his 94th birthday on March 23, 2016 at Triple George Grill with cake and friends.

**Photos courtesy of Ira Kuzma **

At 94 years old, Marty Allen still remains the reigning champion of comedians, along with the sensational vocal cords of stage partner and wife of 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell.  Together they celebrate Marty’s 100th birthday…give or take a few. Marty is among the last generation of the Vegas vintage performers that include Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Nat King Cole.
Upon graduating high school in Pittsburgh, Marty immediately joined the Air Force. While stationed in Italy, he attained the rank of Sergeant and earned a Soldier’s Medal of Valor. His heroism earned him a full-dress parade. After the war and to supplement his GI Bill allotment, he became the first door-to-door dance salesman.

During the 1950s, Marty worked as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme and Nat King Cole. It was at this time he became part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi. The duo comedy team produced a string of hit comedy albums, made 40 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and starred in the film The Last of the Secret Agents. Allen & Rossi appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” the same night as The Beatles.

Throughout the 1970s and into the 80s, Marty made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on “Hollywood Squares”. He also appeared on “Circus of the Stars”, on games shows such as “Password” and in ten made-for-television movies.
Karon Kate Blackwell was born and raised near Ellisville, Mississippi. As a vocalist, she can glide effortlessly from country to rhythm and blues and gospel to a ballad by Irving Berlin. As a musician, she can pound out a rock ‘n’ roll song on the piano Jerry Lee Lewis style or take an old-fashioned ragtime tune and really make it swing. Several of the songs she sings are her own compositions.

Karon Kate’s boogie-woogie at the piano brings the house to their feet every time. She sings a number of nostalgic favorites, and often includes her own compositions such as “Wedding Vows”, a song she wrote for Marty for their wedding day. One of Karon Kate’s singles entitled, “I Can’t Laugh” was a Cashbox “pick of the week” selection in 1994. Together, Marty and Karon Kate explode with a passion for entertaining.

Recognized for its power lunch specials, happy hour offerings and classic cuisine, Triple George Grill celebrated its 10th anniversary in July 2015 and is known as one of the first independent eateries to emerge in the beginning years of the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, paving the way for what is now a thriving and eclectic urban dining scene.

Known since 2009 as THE power lunch spot and downtown dinner experience in Las Vegas, Triple George Grill is located at Downtown Grand’s 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden. Inspired by the “George,” a high-minded, noble individual who is free in giving and sharing, shows gratitude when special services are rendered and generally lives life to the fullest. (The restaurant’s name pays homage to the restaurant’s original three owners.) The 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award winning restaurant is popular for blending classic dining with the charm of a neighborhood restaurant. Guests experience a fresh selection of American-style seafood, steaks and chops as well as homemade soups, salads, pasta dishes and daily specials.

Triple George Grill is located at 201 N. Third Street, and is open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open daily for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is available at Downtown Grand. Reservations may be made online or by calling (702) 384-2761. For more information, visit www.TripleGeorgeGrill.com.

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