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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 […]

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The newly restored version of the 1963 comedy classic “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” by The Criterion Collection is five discs of fun for classic film nerds everywhere. A few years back, the American Film Institute placed “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” 40th on its list of 100 Funniest Films. It’s […]

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In 1989, George Burns wrote a book entitled “All My Best Friends.” It was a memoir of the many friendships and relationships he’d forged through nine decades in show business. He tells about the performers he knew in vaudeville and the various acts they did, he tells about the various performers he knew in radio […]

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America lost one of its greatest comedic talents this week when Jonathan Winters died at the age of 87. Winters was highly touted by fans, critics and fellow performers as one of the great improvisational geniuses of the comedy world. My first memories of Jonathan Winters as a kid come from the old Dean Martin […]

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Fifty years ago today, the words “Here’s Johnny” began a thirty year journey to literally becoming part of the American lexicon. It was on this date, October 1, 1962, that Johnny Carson began his tenure as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. He held the spotlight for nearly thirty years until his retirement in […]

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