Steve Rossi (born Joseph Charles Tafarella 1928, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Rossi gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, arts and theater, Greek and Latin at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. The comedian was discovered by Mae West who. with her manager Jerry Franks saw him in 1953 as the lead of The Student Prince at the Civic Light Orchestra in Los Angeles. Under his birth name, Rossi was signed to a nightclub show with West booked at Ciro's in Los Angeles before moving the show to Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel where his name was changed reportedly to not compete as much with Mae West's shorter name on the signage.
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