Saturday, November 24, 2007
Will Jordan always insisted that he invented the Ed Sullivan impression and that anybody else who did Ed was just doing an impression of Will Jordan doing an impression of Ed Sullivan. He also states that those people are assholes. However, as we will see in this footage, it may very well have been Jerry Lewis who invented the Sullivan impression. The Ed Sullivan Show had previously been known as The Toast of the Town, hence the name given to this satire with Martin & Lewis.
Handwhistler Ben Brenner is the guest in this segment. After David gives it a try, an annoying between monologue joke gimmick was born. Much like David's "Hey, hey, kids," the ol' hand whistle he does here became a regular staple whenever he felt like it on Late Night with David Letterman.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Presumably Letterman was in Toronto to do stand-up when he made this appearance with the voice of Peter Parker and Spiderman in the old Krantz/Grantray-Lawrence cartoon, Paul Soles.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
So we've seen David Letterman and Bill Cullen host early morning programs, and let's continue with that theme now with Jack Paar. Pay attention to the news segment and hear the broadcaster mention an explosion in England stating, "It wasn't Puerto Ricans or anything like that..."
Morning television has never really graduated beyond such pointless pablum, but you gotta love Bill Cullen, truely the epitomy of an American television broadcaster. He had the look, the voice and just the right mix of wit and corniness. Also, Milton Delugg was a real underrated figure in music and showbiz history. Insiders knew his name well, the public not so much.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A great clip and interesting too. Pay attention after the sketch when Bob mentions that his young son Chris Elliot is "trying to be an actor."
I have a new and much faster computer so I'll be trying my damnedest to increase the amount of posts you get on the site each day. Here's number three for this swell Tuesday. You'll hear Letterman mention after the commericial break that Hunter S. Thompson was also on this episode. Hunter S. Thompson and Mel Blanc sharing one green room! No wonder this show was such a cult hit once upon a time. Don't forget to check out Mel and company talking about the life of Jack Benny on Merv Griffin over here.