A themed variety show, in which the skits and music centered around Sha Na Na (a '50s-style "greaser" rock band) and the neighborhood in which they lived (an unidentified inner city neighborhood reminiscent of the Bronx). Written by
Non-musical special guests included Frank Gorshin, Henny Youngman, Phyllis Diller, and Milton Berle; Broadway star Ethel Merman also made an appearance, during which she sang a duet with Bowzer: a (very) reworked version of "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better". See more »
[Opening introduction for every show.]
And now, here they are, all greased up and ready to sing their brains out, Sha Na Na!
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Sha-Na-Na was a syndicated musical variety show which of course centered on the music group Sha Na Na who were well known for recreations of 50s and 60s classics. The jokes and skits were often pathetic but the music was pretty good and the band members (all ten of them) always seemed to be having a good time. They never took themselves too seriously and weren't above making fun of themselves. Bowzer was the leader and always closed the show by going "Do-Do-Do-Do" over and over while making muscles, which was a joke as he was pretty skinny and barely had any muscle. The guests were often from the 50s/60s era but once in awhile, they had more current guests like the Ramones and Kim Carnes. A show like this would never be made today, even with contemporary music stars but looking back, Sha Na Na was pretty fun to watch.
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