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It’s hard to imagine Dean Martin as 100. In truth, it was hard to watch Dean get old. He was the living embodiment of the old joke, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Except it’s doubtful Dean Martin would have changed anything he did. He […]

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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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I am part of the TV Generation, the group of kids who literally grew up on television. Radio as a narrative medium was over by the time I came around and video games were still in the future. TV was the center of our cultural universe. That said, most of my contemporaries were obsessed with […]

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Today is it, Mr. Warmth is 90 years old today! We’ve got a few great clips for you. Just one word of “set-up.” Listen to all the jokes because Johnny throws one at Rickles in, I think, the first clip from 1974 and then later in one of the clips from the 1980s, Rickles appropriates […]

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As I’ve professed before on this forum, “CBS News Sunday Morning” is one of my favorite shows on television. It is the only news magazine format program I watch because it’s not only entertaining and edifying but it tells positive, feel good stories instead of the horrible stories that fill most news and news magazine […]

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Here’s some vintage footage of a complete Martin & Lewis Dinner Show from the Copacabana, New York’s famed nightclub, supposedly from 1954. The boys broke up in July of 1956 and “That’s Amore” was written in 1953 and featured in their film “The Caddy,” so 1954 seems a reasonable date as to when this show […]

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I had another clip I wanted to post today but I just read that it’s Orson Welles birthday so we’ll delay the other post until tomorrow. I grew up watching Orson Welles on TV as a guest of variety shows like Dean Martin’s or, more often then not, on talk shows like Merv Griffin’s. His […]

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DON RICKLES is one of those who’s comedic talents are either taken in fun as is his intention or are completely misunderstood. He does not engender indifference. When it comes to Rickles, people tend to love him or hate him. I love him. Always have, always will. Rickles ridiculed everyone in his act, including himself. […]

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Today marks 50 days before my 50th birthday and in celebration, I’ve set the goal for myself to blog every single day for the next 50 days. I may try to do it for 50 days after my birthday as well but let’s take one goal at a time. Anyway, when you reach a milestone […]

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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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