As fans of the hit television show America’s Got Talent already know Chipps Cooney is a crazy and hilarious magician. What many don’t know is what Chipps does know, which is how to make it and stay in the entertainment industry. Just following his weekend opening for Gilbert Gottfried on Thursday and Dave Attell on Friday and performing on Saturday at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ, I was able to catch up with the legend and get some history.
Q. Chipps, how did you do The Stress Factory for two separate headliners?
A. Vinnie Brand had me open for Dave and since I was already there for the weekend, Omnipop asked if I could open for Gilbert.
Q. You must know everyone. How long have you been doing this?
A. 30 years. I used to play in a band, as a drummer, just goofing around on the stage. My first gig was at a jazz club, Brady Haze. I don’t think they’re around anymore.
(He won’t tell me how old he is but he says he went to BABE RUTH’s funeral.)