Max Alexander (comedian) : biography
Michael Drelich, better known by the stage name Max Alexander, is an American stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show.
Born on the East Coast, he moved to Los Angeles in his late-twenties. In addition to doing stand-up comedy, Alexander also began appearing in supporting appearances on many sitcoms (Full House) and other series (Matlock). Alexander's film credits include supporting roles with stars such as Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Jim Carrey Jason Siegle, in such films as Roxanne (1987) and Punchline (1988) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
He also appears in Comedy Central's Best of the Improv, Vol. 5 (2003) and Comedy Club Greats with Jerry Seinfeld (2007). In recent years Alexander is frequently in Las Vegas, Nevada, performing his comedy alongside Tom Jones and others. His most recent film is Five Year Engagment (2011). He has appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon as well.
His stand-up routine focuses primarily on his large size, constantly poking fun at his weight and is known for pulling his pants up to his chest during his routines. But as Jay Leno has said, Max's material is as relevant today as any "young" comic.
One thing about Max Alexander that embarrasses him is his giving heart. He is not only known as the go-to person when you need someone to perform for a charity, but he has also helped countless artists, be it a comic, musician, dancer or actor get started in their careers, which showed when they honored him at his benefit.
As of May 2009, Max will be one of the only comics to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien.
In 2008, Alexander was hospitalized with a kidney ailment and needed a transplant to survive. His brother Rabbi Moshe Drelich was the one who donated it. A few weeks after his transplant, Alexander suffered a stroke and is in recovery. As of April 2009, Max is recovering quite well. He has been traveling the country doing motivational lectures with his stand-up style.
|1983||Treasure of the Haunted House||Melvin|
|1984||Garbo Talks||Roger Kellerman||Credited as Maxwell Alexander|
|1990||Honeymoon Academy||Sack||Alternative title: For Better or For Worse|
|1992||Brain Donors||L.A. stage manager||Alternative title: Lame Ducks|
|1998||A Fare to Remember|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Harrah's Booker|
|2007||Stand Up||Leo Stein|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Big Dracula Head||Credited as Maxwell Alexander|
|1989||Full House||Dr. Wynager||1 episode|
|1990||Out of This World||Older Billy||1 episode|
|1992||Matlock||Max Sugarman||1 episode|
|1993||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Louis||1 episode|
|1994||Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart||Waiter||Television movie|
|1996||Pearl||Professor Millhouse||1 episode|
|1997||The Practice||Benjamin Holsten||2 episodes|
|1998||Hang Time||1 episode|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Bartender||2 episodes|
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