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Happy Birthday to one of the most talented men in the history of American entertainment! I love Carl Reiner for numerous reasons and projects that he has given the world. Nevertheless, he could have invented the light bulb and I still wouldn’t have been as grateful for that daily necessity as I am for his […]

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The answer to the above question is, “No, he can’t.” However, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady apparently can. They are listed as the directors of the PBS American Masters special from last night entitled, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of Myself. I just finished watching the program and it was, surprisingly, a disappointment. I say surprisingly because […]

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Today is the 90th birthday of comedy giant, Mel Brooks. I must admit that Mr. Brooks deserves credit for a certain portion of my humor. Brooks is a perfect example of humor as a tool to rage against the system. I honestly don’t remember the first time I saw Brooks’ 1973 movie classic, Blazing Saddles. The […]

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Or is it vice versa? Whichever it is, I love them both. I am a HUGE fan of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It is in my Top 5 favorite TV shows of all-time along with “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Barney Miller,” “The Rockford Files” and the five spot which is left open for whatever […]

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I was just reading Ken Levine’s blog and he had written a post about a recent trip he was forced to make to the DMV, as in Department of Motor Vehicles. At the end of the story, he posted this hilarious clip from the old sitcom “Taxi” (1978-1983). As I watched it, I thought to […]

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Still reeling from the loss of the great Caesar. Of course, just as I figured, his passing was but briefly noted as he had outlived his recognition among the masses. I continue to watch many of the old clips and enjoy them as though it was the first time I’ve seen them . . . […]

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Today is my birthday. A rather substantial one in fact. In honor of that, I thought I’d take a quick trip around YouTube and pick some of my all time favorite moments from some of my all time favorite TV shows. I’ll start now and I may add to these as the day goes on […]

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There are (or were), of course, many other very funny women in show biz besides Carol Burnett. Most of them, however, came onto the scene in the sixties and afterwards because, quite honestly, comedy in clubs during the 1920’s – 1950’s, was more open to men than it was to women. It seems as though […]

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Never in the history of American comedy has there been a more impressive and successful collection of comic minds as there was in the 1950s in the writer’s room of SID CAESAR’s various variety shows. To be fair, it actually started in 1949 with the show, “The Admiral Broadway Revue.” In 1950 it became “Your […]

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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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