Skip to comments.Take a break with Red Skelton and Johnny Carson
Posted on 12/03/2016 10:55:24 AM PST by sodpoodle
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Growing up my dad hated TV. He had the radio on all day. The only two shows he would watch was Red Skelton and Dean Martin. He loved Skelton’s end of show send off: “Good night and God Bless.” Now,TV is a complete cesspool.
skelton cracked me up as much because he used to crack himself up in the middle of the joke.
I forget how quick Red was.
Seems like yesterday. . . and a hundred years ago at the same time.
He was 70 when he filmed this show. Amazing.
I believe Red Skelton is the greatest ever American comedian. He played all the formats, burlesque through TV, and all the genres, slapstick, standup, sketch, pantomime, long form. He kept it clean, but with some double entendres so that all ages could enjoy.
Saw Pat O’Brien in a dinner theater production of on Golden Pond late in his life. After the play, he came out and did 45 minutes of standup, all clean, that had the patrons howling with laughter.
Saw Frankie Avalon at DisneyWorld. He sang, danced, played the trumpet, told jokes, all clean, all enjoyable.
Today it’s Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, and every black comic who can’t tell a single joke without the worst profanity. And it’s because they’re no good, talentless bums.
Joke? You are too kind.
Most of the singers and comedians that I enjoyed are no longer with us; from the Dean Martin, Sinatra period, which seemed to last for decades.
Thx for all your responses - we need some good memories in these trying times - so we can gird our loins until Jan 17, 2017 - lots of lucky 7’s in that date;)
Those were the days. :)
Pretty cool! We once watched Red every week and enjoyed his shows. These are soon to be seen on a Roku channel, Countless Classics. Johnny Carson we pick up on OTA on either Retro or Hot tee vee fail to remember which. Very interesting seeing the faces of old and how they have changed throughout the years. Also good to see faces of those who are no longer with us.
Don’t remember Frank Sinatra’s having a show, but he must have at one time. His shows are to be seen on the same channel, Roku. Bring it on :-)
My favorite Carson reaction take was when he had Zsa Zsa Gabor sitting next to him with a cat in her lap and when he said what a nice cat, she answered "Would you like to pet my pussy?"
What year was that? So prophetic - it might need a thread of its own.
TWO WORDS ‘UNDER GOD’....and reference to it being a prayer and perhaps will not be allowed in schools!!!!!!
Do you remember ‘The Goldbergs’?
Not quite old enough to remember them myself, but aware that the show was aired.
And AMOS and ANDY? That show was promptly removed from broadcast years ago; because...you know :-/ A few episodes are still in existence, as we saw one last night. Roku once again.
One skit of Skelton that I vividly remember is when he did his Deadeye Dick routine. He struts into a bar, orders a shot of redeye, and gulps it down.
He spent the next minute or two collapsing and rolling about on the floor, stumbling over tables and bouncing off the walls. Finally he calms down and tells the barkeep, “This drink’s been cut!”
I used to hear those old soap operas my mother abd grandmother liked such as Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Larenzo Jones comes to mind.
I remember the comedies well...Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Most famous of all...Fibber McGee...and its "spinoff" The great Gildersleeve...
The Edgar Bergan show.... Those Bob Hope Specials.... AND the baby snooks show...
Some of the mystery shows like Johnny Dollar, Let George Do It...come to mind...
I Do Remember "Gunsmoke" on the radio....
BTW, I remember those Amos and Andy Shows.... mostly The TV shows though....they were very popular... but I liked the radio shows...
I guess my memory is doing okay for a guy my age. LOL
I realized the other day my grandson (high school age) had no idea who Bob Hope was so I found some video of him and Carson so he could watch. His first comment was they both used current events in their jokes. He said “wow people had to really keep up with what was going on back then to get the humor” he also wondered how we kept up when we didn’t have all the technology we do now.
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