The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

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The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor.

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4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1969   1968   1967  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Director: Bob Einstein
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 Himself - Co-Host (72 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself - Co-Host (72 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself (55 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Announcer / ... (43 episodes, 1967-1968)
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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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5 February 1967 (USA)  »

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When The Who made their first appearance on the show, they were to conclude their performance of "My Generation" by doing their usual instrument smashing as well as having some smoke powder ignite in Keith Moon's bass drums as well. Earlier that day at rehearsals, the band was dissatisfied with how the effect went off so they asked that more of a charge be put in. Unknown to the band, Moon put even more of a charge in later. As the band concluded their performance, instead of a smoking effect, a huge explosion occurred. This caused Moon to suffer cuts on his arm and, more importantly, Pete Townshend suffered damage to his hearing, which would affect him in later years. See more »

Quotes

[Dick is singing 'McNamara's Band']
Tom: Okay, hold it, hold it!
[Music stops]
Tom: Didn't hear one Jewish name in there. You really stepped into it that time, didn't ya.
Dick: Yeah, I...
Tom: So you launch into a song full of the worst kind of controversy...
Dick: What's the matter - ?
Tom: There's not one Chinese, one Italian, one Greek - I didn't hear anybody in there.
Dick: Of course you didn't, because they're all Irish.
Tom: There wasn't one Palucci, one Rabinowitz, one Hayakawa. I bet you there isn't even one colored person in that...
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Don't Believe Everything You Hear
28 January 2006 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Lemmee say right up front that, yeah, this was a funny show. I rarely if ever missed it. And it was cutting edge too. Really pushed the envelope. But, that said, you young'uns out there that never got to see it, don't buy into the manufactured swill that it was "censored." It wasn't. Tom and Dick made all the political and social commentary points they wanted to make. They just wanted to take it a step further and posture and pose as "victims" being stepped on.

Just remember, we are talking about 1967 and the few years following, and in those days it was easy to be cutting edge. The times they were a changing. And the Smothers Brothers were right there in the middle of it. But they weren't victims and they weren't censored. CBS (yeah, *that* "see b.s.," of the forged phony lying documents to try to steal an election fame. Yep, *those* guys) tried to hold them to the standards then extant of the Tiffany Network, as CBS was once and then known. Their sponsors, the ones paying for it all, demanded it. That was all.

----UPDATE 02/02/2008----

Okay all you voters, you hate my comment. But I stand by it.

I said it was a good show. I said it was a show I rarely missed. My comment is that the allegations of "censorship" are way overblown. This show suffered from failing ratings. They tried to jack up the ratings by claiming that they were being persecuted, but it didn't work. It couldn't be saved. End of story. Use your common sense.


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