The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor.
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 Himself - Co-Host / ... (71 episodes, 1967-1969)
 Himself - Co-Host / ... (71 episodes, 1967-1969)
 Himself (51 episodes, 1967-1969)
 Announcer / ... (43 episodes, 1967-1968)


This comedy was to content the way Laugh-In was for form on television in the 1960's. The audience was treated to a show where two perfectly innocent looking brothers regularly doing truly subversive humor that either enraged the network executives or gave them heart attacks. The humour often included direct jokes on the Vietnam War, religion, sexuality and censorship in styles that would mirror Saturday Night Live and other later shows. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Tom: You can tell who's running the country by how much clothes people wear, see?
Dick: Do you mean that some people can afford more clothes on, and some people have... less on? Is that what you mean?
Tom: That's right.
Dick: I don't understand.
Tom: See, the ordinary people, you'd say that the ordinary people are the less-ons.
Dick: So who's running the country?
Tom: The morons.
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18 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Smothers Brothers were haunted by the censors -- revisionist history is a dangerous thing, children. Do your research with primary sources. It's convenient for many to forget how dire those times were (unless, of course, they LIKED it that way), people blacklisted for opposing the war in Viet Nam on even the mildest basis (ask Eartha Kitt), FBI monitoring of everyone from John Lennon to Groucho Marx...Bill Paley and CBS were masters of censorship and dead thinking...the only reasons the Smothers Brothers lasted as long as they did was because they brought in money, they gave an edge to a prehistoric network that subsisted on Hee Haw and the Beverly Hillbillies. But Washington made its ugly voice heard, and that was that. If the times have changed, I'll be dipped if I can see it. The only reason All In The Family and Maude took off on that network is because of the almighty dollar -- the viewers made their voices heard, and viewer voices translate into dollars. The public has the responsibility and the power to change even the mightiest morons...don't forget that.

Also, never forget, the Nazis only lost ONE war!

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