By Natasha Lewin
Over 20 years ago actor Dick Yarmy — brother of Don Adams — was diagnosed with lung cancer. Friends gathered together to cheer Dick up, but Dick had no ordinary friends. Illustrious comedians like Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, veteran actors such as Chuck McCann and Pat Harrington, Jr., and prominent director Howard Storm (Mork & Mindy) — these were some of Dick’s closest buddies who became known as Yarmy’s Army. Dick Yarmy passed in 1992, yet his name lives on as surviving members of Yarmy’s Army perform together to this day.
The Tolucan Times spoke with emcee Howard Storm.
How many soldiers make up Yarmy’s Army?
Over 30 people have joined since we first began. Even younger generation comics who didn’t know Dick.
How did the decision to continue to perform together come about?
Not only were our dinners helping Dick laugh, they helped us laugh, too. At Dick’s funeral we decided to keep it going. We’d meet the second Tuesday of every month. We’d do shows in his name and performances became benefits for those in need.
What was your favorite show you ever directed?
A Laverne & Shirley episode. They’re both candy stripers and trying to change the linens from underneath a hefty man. It was one of the most exciting scenes I’ve ever directed. It was Lucille Ball funny, full of physical comedy.
The comedy royalty on hand Sunday night includes the MC Howard Storm with Hank Garrett, Greg Lewis, Peter Marshall, Jim McBride, and John Regis.
Yarmy’s Army performs this Sunday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. for The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre located at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $25. For tickets, visit thegrouprep.com or call (818) 763-5990.