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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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I was very sorry to learn last night of the passing of Ann Morgan Guilbert, the wonderful character actress and comedienne. There are a number of tributes and remembrances of her online for her role  as Yetta on the 1990s sitcom, “The Nanny.” As I was not a huge fan of that particular show, it […]

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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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In honor of April Fools Day I thought we’d post a few examples of work from the legendary vaudevillian Ed Wynn who was billed as “The Perfect Fool.” When you see some of the work and material that made him a “popular” comedian, you might think it was the audience who were the fools. Here’s […]

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Last week it was Frank Sinatra and Rod McKuen. This week, in the hopes of starting a tradition of “musical Fridays,” I’m posting some musically fun Julie Andrews spots. I saw something on Facebook recently about “posting something that your friends might not know about you.” Well, my friends know that when it comes to […]

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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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Today marks the 100th birthday of  David Daniel Kaminsky, better known to you and me as Danny Kaye. He was one of the most popular film comedians of the 1940s starring in a string of popular films with Virginia Mayo. I was never a huge fan of Danny Kaye’s, which is not to say I […]

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Here’s one of my all-time  favorite songs from a Broadway show. Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that I have three children of my own. This particular clip is from the film version of the Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie. Both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde are seen here recreating […]

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