Enrico Banducci's Legendary hungry i Lives Again!
“The hungry i was a place where the In Crowd played.”
-- Bill Dana
The New Englander (born in Quincy, Massachusetts) who made himself famous as an ersatz Mexican, Bill Dana recorded one of his best-selling albums at the hungry i, “The Astronaut.”
In fact, his famous alter ego, Jose Jimenez, has been adopted as the official eighth Mercury astronaut, the first words spoken from the ground to an American entering space being, "OK Jose', you're on your way."
Having become a part of the extended astronaut family, Bill Dana currently serves on the advisory board of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and is on the Nominations Committee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. (Jose Jimenez is also acknowledged in The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and enshrined at the United States Astronaut Hall Of Fame in Florida.
Not merely a gifted stand-up comic, but writer, producer and actor, Bill Dana's career has spanned nightclubs, television (“The Bill Dana Show” in addition to countless guest appearances), recordings and lecturing. His success as a comedy writer includes being responsible for one of the Top Hundred rated TV programs of all time, an Emmy-award winning episode of the All in the Family series.
Co-author of “The Laughter Prescription,” Bill Dana serves on the Advisory Board of The National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was also given that institution's first Impact Award. He was born in 1924, and is a graduate of Emerson College.