Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" by David BianculliA behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television.
Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run -- and the cultural impact thats still being felt today.
Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup (reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse. It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of the late 1960s.
Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players -- as well as more than a decades worth of original research -- Dangerously Funny brings readers behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship, mind-blowing musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era.
David Bianculli delves deep into this riveting story, to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this day.
Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
The spots feature Smothers offering a humorous take on pop culture, getting older, healthy living and a range of other news-friendly topics. Smothers, who now lives in Sarasota, Fla. These are such bonus years, I thought why should I sit around on my ass having coffee with friends. Having long been associated with a brother act, Smothers is also eager to try something on his own, in a format that he controls. Something to make you smile. I want them to like what they see and hear. He was
Dozens of top galleries will show work, and there will be a discussion on how crappy that Diane Arbus movie with Nicole Kidman was. All you men who like to dress up like women — what is wrong with you? That discussion is for another time. They started in , and now, nearly five decades later, their mom still likes — which one was it? Ladies and gentlemen, The Smothers Brothers!
The brothers, Tom and Dick Smothers, had had a successful run of appearances in nightclubs and on television variety shows with subversive takes on folk songs. After a few weeks more, the brothers who had seemed so nonthreatening became more daring, making political and topical references and booking musical acts with new, often anthemic songs to sing. Battles with the network censors became more frequent. The brothers took their dispute to the press and became national symbols of countercultural resistance. Dick Smothers, now 77, says he still encounters fans who say he and his brother were ahead of their time. We were on time.
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Thomas Bolyn Smothers III born February 2, is an American comedian, composer and musician, best known as half of the musical comedy duo the Smothers Brothers , alongside his younger brother Dick. Smothers, an army officer who died a POW in April He was a competitive unicyclist , and a state champion gymnast in the parallel bars. The Smothers Brothers initially wanted to be folk musicians. The two began adding comedy bits to their act. It was a series of performances when we started out as a duet in Aspen. I did all the introductions.