Stewie Stone is living proof you can take the kid outa Brooklyn, even his name, Stewie, comes direct from Flatbush. “In Brooklyn,” he explains “We’re very big on Vowels. We put “E”s at the end of everything – Hermie, Frankie Stewie.
Before Stewie got to be known in Vegas, he was a little kid in Brooklyn and comedy was his protector. “I was a terrible introvert and real small for my age. I found if I could make the rest of the kids laugh, they wouldn’t beat me up.” But he certainly didn’t have dreams of becoming a comic – not yet at least.
But it was not as a comic that Stone made his show biz bow. It was as a drummer, in plain clothes, playing with pick-up bands in and around New York. He started his professional career while attending Brooklyn College, the only school in the country where English is considered a foreign language. He soon decided he’d rather play drums for a living than cram for finals and gave up school.
One summer Stewie was working with bands in New York on weekends, when he was offered a mid-week job at the famed Concord Hotel in the Catskills. They needed someone to entertain the guests when it rained. “I kept praying for rain ‘cause I only got the job if it rained until one day Stewie was offered a full-time job as social director of the hotel. He packed in his drums, packed up his umbrella and headed north to make his fame and fortune.
The turning point came when Stewie opened for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in a Fort Lauderdale nightclub. He then spent four years touring with the group and played virtually every major nightclub in the States.
He really hit the jack pot when he arrived in Las Vegas. He has opened for Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, Ben Vereen, Bobby Vinton, Chew Engelbert Humperdink just to name a few and has earned himself the reputation of being one or the best co-stars in the business. Additionally, after 30 years of friendship Stewie still goes on tour with Franki Valli.
For the past 10 years he has been the Vice-President of the famous New York Friars Club and is their main MC and Roast Master for many events including Matt Lauer, Pat Cooper, Don King and Donald Trump.
Stewie has worked almost every major venue in the U.S. including the Borgata, The Taz, Trump Marina, Hilton, Caesars and Harrah’s in Atlantic City, Vegas at the Mirage, MGM, Venetian, Wynn and Luxor in addition to Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, The Greek Theatre and of course Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casino’s.
A comic’s job is never easy. “When you go out there, you’re all alone he explains. “It’s like slaying a dragon without armor. You think in your head that you’re a knight, but when you get out there it’s just you. And if you die, it’s total rejection.