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Sunday morning comedy

I've had a really long week (haven't we all?) so I'm feeling like taking some time today to downshift and decompress.

One of my favorite means of relaxation is comedy. I am a huge fan of "classic" comedy, the kinds of things I remember seeing on television as a kid during the 1970's. Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, George Burns, and numerous other comedians from the golden ages of radio and television were still active in those days, and for some reason I always preferred their work to that of contemporary comedians. I also relished the work of great impressionists like Will Jordan, Frank Gorshin, and Rich Little.

So here is a mash-up of some classic, perhaps politically incorrect, humor from the golden age of television ...

Johnny Carson and Jack Webb: The Copper Clapper Caper


Dean Martin and Foster Brooks


Tim Conway and Harvey Corman: The Dentist's Office


Jack Benny guest stars on "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx

If you don't know much about Jack Benny, the only thing that he guarded more closely than his money was his true age. He was always "thirty nine." But when faced with a dilemma between his age and his money ... well, obviously Groucho had a lot of fun on this show.


Finally, if you're going to roast a politician, this is how you do it: Don Rickles roasts Gov. Ronald Reagan:

(Bonus points to anyone who can name all the celebrities visible at the table.)


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Comments (9)

Michael, thanks so much for... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Michael, thanks so much for the laughs. I, like you wind up a hard week on you tube checking up on comedy. I just looked up the Foster Brooks one. So very funny.

On the dais: Reagan, Benny, Diller, ?, Martin, Spitz, Harrington. That's all I got. ww

Back when comedy didn't req... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Back when comedy didn't require 4 letter words, but actually some thought.

Those were great. Thanks. ... (Below threshold)
rich:

Those were great. Thanks. My dad looks a lot like Foster Brooks. We were always got stopped by people asking if he was Brooks or for an autograph.

Great classical comedy, but... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Great classical comedy, but you should see the stuff on CSPAN. It's a laff riot.

Here's another hilarious Ti... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

Here's another hilarious Tim Conway video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6jibGLw8JU

Are you sure you didn't get... (Below threshold)
epador:

Are you sure you didn't get the titles of your two posts reversed?

Is that Jackie Vernon on th... (Below threshold)
Joe Miller:

Is that Jackie Vernon on the dais?

Easy ones are Dean, Rickles... (Below threshold)
Dennis D:

Easy ones are Dean, Rickles, Benny , Diller and Reagan. On the left the female could be Teri Garr? On the far right Tom Bosley?

Dean, Reagen. Rickles, Benn... (Below threshold)
Poole:

Dean, Reagen. Rickles, Benny, Mark Spitz, Phyllis Diller, Steve Allen, Shecky Green, Jayne Meadows.




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