One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by black comic Flip Wilson, this show featured skits, ... See full summary »
An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.
This show popularized a rapid style of vignette comedy show where comedy sketches, punch-lines and gags are edited together in a rapid and almost random format. Regular trademark elements included the joke wall, the dancing woman tattooed with one-liners and the fickle finger of fate award. This series would inspire such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Sesame Street. Written by
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The show originally aired as a one-time special on 9 September 1967. It was such a phenomenal success that it was given a regular one-hour time slot on Monday nights beginning on 22 January 1968, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). The program went straight to the top and was the #1 show on television during its first two full seasons, 1968-1970. It began to drop off subsequently as the best talent left to pursue careers in show business, and finally went off the air in 1973. See more »
a show that's technical achievements were ahead of the time
This program featured cutting edge editing and was produced by GEORGE SCHLATTER (a legend in the comedy field). The editing was quick. A good example would be the part of the show where the hosts would walk into the room where the "party" was going on...they'd quick cut to a few characters then off to ARTE JOHNSON in a german helmet. Prior to this show, this type of quick editing was impossible. I believe the show used cutting edge editing equip...I think they were AMPEX machines, I'm not for sure...I do know that the humor on this show is dated, but the production values made it a first.
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