A dentist with showbiz aspirations, Abe Kroll loved writing radio and stage plays in his spare time. He also enjoyed painting and tap dancing. He did most of his work during the 1920s and 1930s; at his peak, Kroll was writing comedy material for artists such as Jack Benny and Willie and Eugene Howard. Kroll was the creator of the favorite radio show House Party, which years later became a popular television show starring Art Linkletter. Kroll did not learn to tap dance until he was in his seventies. He got to be pretty good at it and appeared throughout New York, and occasionally on television, billing himself as the Dancing Dentist. Kroll made one film appearance, playing a small part in Elaine May's Ishtar (1987).