February 8, 1969 – Jackie Gleason plays host to another corpulent Jack (though he’s lost a bit of weight), famed insult comic Jack E. Leonard: LEONARD: Ladies and gentlemen…you’ve all heard of Frank Sinatra, The Voice…you’ve seen Jimmy Durante, The Nose… (indicating Gleason) You are now looking at The Lump… (Gleason breaks out in laughter)… Continue reading And away we go!
DISH gave us a freeview of Starz last week...and normally, this isn't a huge deal because we're still subscribed to the Starz Encore channels (the discount is supposed to end Tuesday...but I have decided to maintain radio silence only until Mom asks me why the satellite bill has suddenly gone up). A good many of… Continue reading All the Starz
Kaleidoscope is a Birmingham, England-based company dedicated to the restoration of British TV programs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that are "missing believed wiped" (networks like the BBC and ITV often recorded over videotaped telecasts as an economy measure before the advent of home video). They're responsible for bringing back to life installments of… Continue reading “Goodbyee…”
From their first childhood encounter, Daniel (Jon Cryer) and Stan (Rick Stear) have enjoyed an inseparable friendship. While attending school, Stan—whose left leg is shorter than his right, and who will acquire a lifelong limp after a surgical procedure goes awry—would institute a day of hooky by communicating to his pal "We're on a mission… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998)
On the third show of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In's fourth season (September 28, 1970), stars Dan Rowan and Dick Martin prepare to welcome back a familiar face: DAN: Aren’t you excited this week? DICK: Why? DAN: Huh? DICK: Why? DAN: Goldie Hawn’s our guest star! DICK: Goldie Hawn a guest star? DAN: Guest star! DICK: Well,… Continue reading “Mervin…that was magnificent!“
My Facebook compadre Jeff Abraham dashed off an e-mail alerting me to this very exciting bit of news: The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of an expansive archive chronicling the nine-decade career of pioneering comedienne Rose Marie, who passed away at the age of 94 in December 2017. National Comedy Center… Continue reading Darling of the airwaves
I shan’t keep you in suspense any longer: the blog’s heartiest congratulations go out to Gary Peterson of beautiful downtown Omaha, Nebraska—the winner of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s “Laugh-In” giveaway. A copy of the DVD set Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season will soon be winging its way to Gary, and I hope… Continue reading “I’m never tired of winning, and I’m never tired of skiing.” – Lindsay Vonn