Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by
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Did You Know?
offered Burt Reynolds
the chance to appear on the show. At the time, Reynolds was starring in Hawk
(1966) of which Sullivan was a fan. But Reynolds felt that he was not well-known enough to appear on the show and turned Sullivan down. Reynolds stated that he greatly regretted turning down Sullivan's offer in The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2
(1991). See more
[Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are singing "Road to Morocco", when Frank spots Bob Hope walking down the stairs at the back of the stage
Run for the hills.
Spoofed in Aladdin
Written by Piero Umiliani
Performed by The Muppets See more