For a decade, Shapiro performed standup comedy at clubs in New York and claims that his on-stage career is merely on hiatus. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, writer Meryl Gordon.
Here Shapiro shares some thoughts on adapting his new book, Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer, for the big screen:
Since I know the status of a book writer in Hollywood (somewhere between a pool boy and a valet parking attendant), I have no illusions that anyone would ever listen to my casting suggestions for Hustling Hitler. Though, in idle moments, I do imagine movie posters and TV commercials proclaiming, "George Clooney Is Freeman Bernstein."Visit the Hustling Hitler website.
While writing my book, I did indulge in a wild fantasy about casting. In a perfect universe, I could bring back Zero Mostel to impersonate Freeman Bernstein. For Hustling Hitler was written to be a real-life counterpart to The Producers.