May 1992Volume 42, 1992
MAY 01, 1992 by ROBERT ZIMMERMAN
Albert Owens is a rugged-faced black man with a wonderful sense of humor As he says, "I have an emotional need to make people laugh." For 10 years he has performed stand-up comedy every day on the streets of New York City. In less than 15 minutes he can gather over a hundred laughing people, and hold them to watch his entire act. No one is required to pay admission, yet when he passes the hat near the end of his performance he invariably collects between 50 to several hundred dollars. People give gladly.