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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Here’s an oddly hilarious clip from another old “Merv Griffin Show.” This one features comic actor David Burns as the faux Colonel, Colonel Sanders as . . . Colonel Sanders and the unidentified woman between Merv and Arthur Treacher is the lovely Lainie Kazan. David Burns was the original Horace Vandergelder in “Hello Dolly” and […]

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For some reason unknown to me, I always get in the mood to watch old talk shows on Fridays. maybe because as a school age kid, Friday afternoon/evening was the very best time of the week as it held the possibilities of the whole weekend ahead. By Saturday, the luster was beginning to dull because […]

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As a follow up to yesterday’s post about Alan King, here’s a terrific piece I found on youtube. The brilliance of this is King’s delivery, his style, the theatricality of his presentation and, of course, his rage. It’s essentially one joke and yet he makes it funny for nearly seven minutes. As I said yesterday, […]

The other morning I picked up my copy of “Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King.” The late comedian’s autobiography was written with Chris Chase and published in 1996. I’ve read the book before and I wasn’t intending on reading the whole book again but once I started, I just couldn’t stop. King was […]

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I just finished reading “A Moment In Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace,” by Ralph Branca with David Ritz. If you don’t immediately know the name Ralph Branca, let the book jacket explain: “The Brooklyn Dodger Great Who Gave Up Bobby Thompson’s ‘Shot Heard ‘Round The World.’” I was so happy to […]

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