Hershfield, Harry

Harry HershfeldHarry Hershfield was an American cartoonist, humorist, and radio personality. He was born in 1885 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was married to Sarah Jane Isdell. In the 1940s, Hershfield worked as a radio personality on programs such as Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One and Can You Top This?, and he made frequent appearances on television programs during the 1950s. Throughout his career, Hershfield entertained as toastmaster or master of ceremonies at countless banquets, dinners, and stage benefits. He was a member of the charitable organization Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America, and The Lambs.

Hershfield was elected in 1942; he joined The Lambs Council in 1952. He was elected Boy and served in 1953-1956 and 1963-1966. Elected Shepherd 1966-1969. He established the Harry Hershfield Fund in the 1950s.

Hershfield died in 1974 in New York. His estate donated his papers to the Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.