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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.
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1969   1968   1967  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Tom Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Dick Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Pat Paulsen ...  Himself / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1969
Peter Cullen ...  Announcer / ... 43 episodes, 1967-1968
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The Smothers Brothers ran a comedy-variety show that featured not just that comedy duo, but also the top musical acts like the Who and the Beatles. Along that way, they presented comedy that poked humor at politics, the Vietnam War, religion, sexuality and censorship in with fearless bravado. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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English

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5 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

During a 1968 appearance of Jefferson Airplane, lead singer Grace Slick performed in "blackface". 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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Referenced in Brown Sugar (2002) See more »

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear
28 January 2006 | by tightspotkiloSee 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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