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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
The diner which provided the setting for many jokes, songs and sketches throughout the series was named Harold's Diner. The proprietor, Harold, frequently interacted with the boys in a variety of ways - not all of them friendly. In a rim shot sketch in one episode, Harold makes the whole gang line up to receive vaccinations before they're allowed to be seated. When asked what the vaccinations are for, Harold impatiently replies, "I have mice - I don't want them to get sick!" 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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I remember watching Sha Na Na in the late 70s and early 80s and to me it was a nostalgic romp back to the 50s and 60s as the group led by Jon (Bowzer) Bauman performed classic hits from rock and roll's early days. Even though they portrayed greasers, in real life, they were very bright fellows who graduated from Columbia University and they had a great time doing what they did.
But they also proved that they can do comedy and they pulled it off well as they were backed by regulars Pamela Myers and Jane Dulo, who also portrayed the crabby neighbor. Later in the show's run, Soupy Sales joined the cast as a policeman.
Celebrity guests also appeared on the show and they added to the fun and nostalgia of the show, which was set in an area my dad grew up in, The Bronx.
It's a shame Sha Na Na hasn't been rerun in years or released on DVD. It probably has to do with music licensing issues. But it brings back memories of early rock and roll and Bowzer's deep bass voice. Let's not forget the big, bearded saxophone player Lennie Baker. Grease for peace.
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