Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time.
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Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time.

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Bigger than ever! The biggest guests, the biggest songs, the biggest laughs, the biggest cue-cards!

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16 September 1965 (USA)  »

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The only known European country where the show aired was West Germany. There, portions of show were edited down to half-hour episodes and broadcast on an program called Larry's Showtime (1975), which ran on Saturday afternoons on the ZDF network during the 1970s. On alternate weeks, the series would feature excerpts from other U.S. variety programs hosted by Danny Kaye and Jerry Lewis. The singing on the shows was left in English, but the speaking voices were dubbed into German. See more »

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A parody of the standard TV variety show

"The Dean Martin Show," which ran on NBC for nine seasons starting in September 1965, always seemed less like a variety show than a subtle parody of the format. In that sense, it was almost a forerunner of David Letterman's show which pokes fun at the conventional TV talk show by maintaining a slightly subversive air. Martin, of course, was legendary for his casual, spontaneous persona, and everything about his variety show seemed casual and spontaneous, no doubt due to the star's refusal to rehearse. It was obvious that Martin was reading most of his lines from cue cards since he even made jokes about doing so. The sloppy, slightly unprofessional atmosphere that permeated many of his movies at this time, worked on television, making "The Dean Martin Show" one of the more interesting variety shows of the era.

The first episode is available on videocassette in a black-and-white version. Frank Sinatra sings the title track from his Grammy winning "September of My Years" album, Joey Heatherton does a bump and grind, Diahann Carroll warbles a tune, Bob Newhart does a comedy routine, and Dino croons a few bars of "Everybody Loves Somebody" and also performs his hit, "Houston." It's a reasonably pleasant time capsule from a bygone era, and nothing more.


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