Originally Posted by Bonniegirl
Gabe Kaplan wouldn't have been that popular in 1974 either I don't think? Didn't he become well known when Welcome back Kotter started in 1975?
Funny they are advertising him on the Tonight Show as an actor. I figured he would be listed as a stand up comic?
Kaplan got really popular, before Kotter, on Tonight and other talk shows. The material was largely sweathog stuff that eventually turned into Kotter. Not quite as intense a rise as Freddie Prinz, but a similar story.