Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Here's a super showbizzy oddity featuring Danny Thomas, Jimmy Durante, Joey Bishop, Eddie Fisher and Walter Winchell toasting the celebrated night club. Not sure when this aired.
This same stunt was once pulled on the variety show of original I've Got A Secret host, Garry Moore. I had the episode posted here, but it has since been removed by the person who posted it. The novelty never caught.
Yet another installment of CCC consisting primarily of comedic bits from the nineteen seventies. And yet another installment that is very, very enjoyable. I like watching these late at night with the lights off and pretending Carson is still on the air.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The Merv Griffin Show with guests Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Gary Morton, Gale Gordon, Desi Arnaz Jr and Lucille Ball Jr. (1973)
A full episode of The Merv Griffin Show and a special one indeed.
The cover of this comedy LP on the "risque" label FAX Records states that this is the "Greatest Single Performance of Spiced Satire Ever Recorded." I certainly wouldn't go that far, but it isn't too bad. This LP was released during the early stage of Gilliam's stand-up career: 1964. In the next handful of years he performed his act on The Hollywood Palace, Playboy After Dark and three different spots on The Ed Sullivan Show. He also became a regular on the game show circuit popping up on The Hollywood Squares and The Match Game. He even had a turn in an episode of Get Smart. When things finally opened up for Black actors in the nineteen seventies, Gilliam appeared in The Mack (1973), Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde (1976) and as the voice of Curly on Hanna-Barbera's Harlem Globetrotters cartoon. Now listen to the man Redd Foxx describes in the liner notes as "... amazing, the greatest new talent of this decade," Stu Gilliam.
I'm posting this episode primarily because of the legendary impressionist and nightclub comedian George Kirby, one of the very neglected figures of 20th century showbiz history. I'll be uploading a very good LP by the man on Dooto Records in a couple months.
This great looking, grainy, piece of film is an extremely entertaining documentary on socialist Grampa Munster and it's marvelous. The film as a '93 copyright but looks like it was filmed in the eighties. Also go here to read an insightful interview with Al Lewis to learn more about his life-long involvement in social justice and various political causes.
Also look out for the voice of George Jetson and the star of the old Behind the Eightball film shorts, George O'Hanlon in this one.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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