I'm not sure how many people know about Red Skelton today. His show was one of the most popular on television. He could be corny and trite but he also had those flashes of genius that could work so well on live television. I found his laught to be infectious. One of his more well-known characters was Clem Kadiddlehopper, as seen here:
There was a reason they called Jackie gleason "The Great One":
One of the most famous scenes from I Love Lucy shows why we really loved Lucille Ball:
Jack Benny was always one of my favorites. He always made me laugh:
Another great favorite was the irresistable combination of George Burns and Gracie Allen. Here's the very first episode of their telesion show:
Something special always happened on The Abbott and Costello Show whenever Lou crossed paths with Stinky:
One comedian who was far ahead of his time was Ernie Kovacs:
Another breath of fresh air were The Smothers Brothers:
Carole Burnett's sketches were exercises in uncontrolled mayhem. I never cared for "Mama's Family" very much, but almost all of her other sketches work well for me. Here she is with Tim Conway:
Who made you laugh? Who's still making you laugh?
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Kovacs and the Smothers certainly still can, more often than not (and given what we have left of Kovacs's work). And Benny and Fred Allen before them, among a number of their contemporaries. The "new comedians" of the 1950s and '60s...their spiritual heirs are big on podcasts these days (along with the spiritual heirs of Henny Youngman or Norm Crosby...their podcasts tend to be more in and out for me).ReplyDelete
Nice compilation here. Ain't the internet grand? Bob Newhart always made me laugh. Richard Pryor. Bill Cosby, W.C. Fields, David Steinberg, Robert Klein.ReplyDelete