Saturday, November 10, 2007

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

In the late 60’s the big excitement of the week would be the get-together to watch the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show. Their topical humor and music was always a hit as well as a great chance to see one of most popular bands of the time. It was time for a party!

We would all go to Diane’s house. She had one of those huge counsel color TVs that could play through the stereo and we would blast it for the bands.

The brothers started their comedy duo in 1958, becoming popular in the club circuit while releasing several successful albums. Tom played the slightly slow jokester while Dick was the straight man. They could never finish a song together without having an argument about the words.

During the 1965-1966 TV season they had a situation comedy show which flopped. With the introduction of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967 they became a huge success.
Writers such as Steve Martin, Rob Reiner, Pat Paulson, Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborne) and Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) kept the show fun while tackling the issues of the time. The youth oriented anti war, anti government and anti racist satire made the show controversial and was ultimately the underlying cause of its cancellation in April 1969.

So here is a few years worth of the

Jefferson Airplane

Battle of the Folk Bands

Peter, Paul & Mary, + Donovan and Smothers Brothers

Liberace Hams It Up - Watch for Super Dave

Harry Nilsson

The Doors

The Who

Judy Collins – Object of CSN ‘Suite Judy Blue Eyes’

Joking with George Harrison

Cast of ‘Hair’

The Brothers

Buffalo Springfield

The First Edition
– Recognize that bearded singer?

Steve Martin

Jefferson Airplane

The Who

Ventriliquist Ronn Lucas with Buffalo Billy

Pete Seeger

Mama Cass
– What a voice, gone way too soon!

The Brothers

The Association



The Brothers
– From the 80’s

Peter Paul & Mary

Glenn Campbell

Simon and Garfunkel
– annoying advert at front end

Peter Paul & Mary


The Association

The Buckinghams

The Brothers – 80’s

Pete Seeger


Ravi Shankar

The Byrds

The Brothers
– 80’s

Mama Cass

Simon and Garfunkel

Blues Magoos

The Hollies

Donovan, Mary Travers and Jennifer Warnes

Harry Belafonte

Wrap it up Joan!

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