THE WORLD OF HIRAM
Welcome! You have just gained entry into the site of one of
show business' most popular entertainers who you think you almost
know: Hiram Kasten.
What's that? You say you know Hiram Kasten but his name isn't
exactly a "household word?" Well, what is a household
word anyway? Charmin is a household word! Believe this: the biggest
names in show biz from Jerry Seinfeld on through are friends
and fans of his. Hiram has always been considered by his peers
the quintessential show business personality. The comedian's
From the day he was born
in a little log cabin in the Bronx, Hiram Kasten was headed straight
into comedy. The doctor slapped him and he did 5 minutes. Wearing
glasses since kindergarten, he wasn't cutting the dashing figure
he would later become. But he was certainly learning what was
funny. For instance, every time a bully knocked him down he was
certain it was funnier if he fell on his left side! Studying
all the great entertainers on television, Hiram practiced each
day in his room.
Hiram didn't do too well in school, but he was ready when he
left home. He won the lead in the first play he auditioned for
at CUNY, the first off-Broadway play he auditioned for in Manhattan
Israel Horovitz - 13th St. Theatre), and one of the leads in
the first sitcom he ever auditioned for in Hollywood ("Dr.
CBS)! He was ready, though not sure for what.
At the Comic Strip on a snowy night
in 1978, he was introduced by the emcee, a young fellow who just
happened to be Jerry Seinfeld! Hello stand-up comedy! From there
to emceeing at Catch A Rising Star and starring in his own Sunday
night show at Dangerfield's for 5 years, Hiram joined that exciting
new generation of comedians and gigged around the country laughing
every day and night. It
is during these years he developed his unique style of blending
the modern comedic idiom with a healthy homage to the greats
that came before. You watch his act and you say, "He's either
the youngest old guy or the oldest young guy I've ever seen!"
In 1986, by now totally debauched, yet still tanned and slim,
he married his long time sweetheart Diana Kisiel (they would
broadcast together on Howard Stern's WNBC radio show) who
insisted that it was time to leave the Bronx because Hollywood
beckoned (!) and urged a move by their first anniversary. They
loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly ...Boulevard that
is! Swimming pools, movie stars, and dozens of shuls. Since then,
Hiram has guest starred on some of television's most popular
programs. From Seinfeld (3 times), Mad About You (twice), and
Everybody Loves Raymond to his recurring role as the
friendly pharmacist, Mr. Piel, on 7th Heaven.
was hand-picked by producers Don Reo and David Cassidy to star
in the Las Vegas production of The Rat Pack
is Back at the Desert
Inn. It was voted the Number #1 New Show in Las Vegas.
Hiram directed Bruce Smirnoff's
award winning one man show, "Other Than My Health I Have
is in demand as a private acting coach, a frequent favorite
on the Rubber Chicken circuit, and is featured in
the new book, "I Killed."
...Hiram Kasten is always right where he wanted to be: behind
your TV screen or on the stage of your nearest theatre --
or just talking about comedy -- and it's just what he was preparing
to do when he was a kid. And every day is gravy.