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Phil Silvers, comedy giant, was born on this day in 1911. He was the man who was always “glad to seeya” and we were certainly thrilled to see him. Best known as Master Sgt. Ernie Bilko, Silvers was the embodiment of the comedic con-man. He gave memorable performances in Top Banana, Sgt. Bilko, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

I’ve heard the Jack Benny / Jeanette MacDonald story told a few different times by a few different people but never better than this version from Phil.

Also born on this day, two “comic oddities¬†of their time,” – Doodles Weaver and Foster Brooks.

Doodles Weaver was, believe it or not, the brother of former NBC head Pat Weaver who is generally given credit as the “creator” of The Today Show and The Tonight Show, two NBC franchises that continue to run more than sixty years after their inception. That also makes “Doodles” the uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver.

And if you were a regular viewer of The Dean Martin Show¬†(and roasts) back in the ’70s, then you MUST remember the late, great, Foster Brooks!

Yes kids, we actually laughed at this. A lot!

And finally, today was also the birthday of full-blooded Englishter, Malcom Merriweather, aka Colonel Crittenden, aka Dr. Bombay, Aka Alfie Wingate. This man made Sybil seem like a loner!







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