February 1st, 2010
Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is a most entertaining book by David Bianculli. When Tom and Dick Smothers were given their own variety show in 1967, no one expected the clean-cut folksinging satirists to rock the boat. But “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” was a radical departure from the conventional TV variety show. This was not your parents’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This was the Who smashing their instruments, Pete Singer courting censorship with an antiwar song, ensemble member Leigh French’s drug humor going one joke over the line, and a deadpan, hangdog comedian named Pat Paulson running a mock campaign for president.
It may all seem tame now, but baby boomers especially who tuned in and turned on to “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour will welcome this definitive history of this groundbreaking show that paved the way for “Saturday Night Live.” Bianculli interviewed all the principals in front of and behind the camera, as well as the network executives and censors who canceled the series in its prime. There are revelations and juicy insider scoop galore. Did you ever wonder why Red Skelton seemed to laugh at all his own jokes? Dick Smothers has a surprising answer!
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