Neat Strip

Jul 24, 2021

Neat Strip


Next at the Waterfront Playhouse
Damon Runyon’s The Neat Strip as the next offering in its popular On The Air Series.

It will be Broadcast on at 8pm Saturday July 24 on 104.1 FM or US1 Starring Fritzie Estimond, Donna Stabile, Ross Pipkin, Mathias Maloff and John McDonald For those patrons who would like to make a contribution, please visit: Damon Runyon is acknowledged as one of the great writers to come out of 20th-century America.

Runyon’s short stories are almost always told in the first person by a narrator who is never named and whose role is unclear; he knows many gangsters and has no job that can be gleaned from his musings, nor does he admit to any criminal involvement; he’s a bystander, an observer, an average street-corner Joe.

Runyon described himself as “being known to one and all as a guy who is just around”. That line seems to say a lot about Runyon and his life. It was like you were with him on some street corner hustle or some shady dive and he was filling you in on all the angles, all the gossip, all of life. He was whom so many people wanted to be with…or so many people wanted to be.

Of course, the cliché about newspapermen and writers is that they are heavy drinkers, chain-smokers
and gamblers and obsessively chase women, with a sideline in the gathering of stories and facts and
actually getting something written just before the deadline hits. That seems like Damon Runyon and his life summed up in one sentence.

His stories became legendary ways of looking that bit differently at America, of soaking up the atmosphere of a glamorous and rip-roaring age and distilling it into black and white type or, in our case, The Damon Runyon Theatre Hour. This show, as with all of the Waterfront Playhouse On the Air broadcasts are available following the show by going to

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