"The Nut House!!" (a September-October 1963 television comedy production) was initially a CBS television comedy show pilot video taped on Stage 31, with a "live" audience, at the CBS Hollywood Television City Studio, located at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Boulevard. The CBS Studio is adjacent the famous "Farmer's Market" in Los Angeles. The black and white taped pilot's format was comedy joke-sketches, delivered one after another, in a machine gun rat-a-tat sequence, performed by the young and strong up-and-coming group of New York City and Hollywood comedians, musicians and performers. The unsold comedy series pilot eventually was "canned"; eventually broadcast as a one-time CBS comedy special recouping production development expenses producing the pilot. The premise for "The Nut House!!" comedy television pilot's material and joke-sketch format became the foundation for NBC's successful 1967-1973 "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" comedy television series, video-taped with a "live" audience. CBS's New York network program division-production scheduling and advertising marketing, in 1963-1964, was not ready for this type of television weekly delivered night-time comedy show format.
"The Nut House!!" was video-taped in black and white in spite of the fact the CBS Hollywood Television City facility had color camera equipment moth-balled in the hall-way storage wings, the scenic drop storage rack area adjacent the studios in house drapery department. Although CBS had the capability to video-tape color programs since the initial installation in 1955, most CBS network color televised-product was performed in Burbank at the NBC Television Studio facility. The initial production charge and expense to unwrap the color cameras including technical mechanics to video-tape in color for a television pilot was forfeited usually for a pilot presentation. ABC's Hollywood-Vine Studio Theatre Stage, converted from black and white to color during the summer of 1965, the famous musical-variety series "The Hollywood Palace" was finally televised in full color transmission in September 1965. This ABC Network move into color broadcasting forced CBS Television City to purchase, install and convert their Hollywood facility into a new complete color television transmission broadcasting agency. The black and white CBS Network transmission era was eventually phased out replaced with film and video tape full color programing and advertising commercials.