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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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Cast

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

Release Date:

5 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

When The Who made their first appearance on the show, they were to conclude their performance of "My Generation" by doing their usual instrument smashing as well as having some smoke powder ignite in Keith Moon's bass drums as well. Earlier that day at rehearsals, the band was dissatisfied with how the effect went off so they asked that more of a charge be put in. Unknown to the band, Moon put even more of a charge in later. As the band concluded their performance, instead of a smoking effect, a huge explosion occurred. This caused Moon to suffer cuts on his arm and, more importantly, Pete Townshend suffered damage to his hearing, which would affect him in later years. 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 The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Special I (1980) See more »

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Please....
18 May 2007 | by susanj-10See all my reviews

The Smothers Brothers were haunted by the censors -- revisionist history is a dangerous thing, children. Do your research with primary sources. It's convenient for many to forget how dire those times were (unless, of course, they LIKED it that way), people blacklisted for opposing the war in Viet Nam on even the mildest basis (ask Eartha Kitt), FBI monitoring of everyone from John Lennon to Groucho Marx...Bill Paley and CBS were masters of censorship and dead thinking...the only reasons the Smothers Brothers lasted as long as they did was because they brought in money, they gave an edge to a prehistoric network that subsisted on Hee Haw and the Beverly Hillbillies. But Washington made its ugly voice heard, and that was that. If the times have changed, I'll be dipped if I can see it. The only reason All In The Family and Maude took off on that network is because of the almighty dollar -- the viewers made their voices heard, and viewer voices translate into dollars. The public has the responsibility and the power to change even the mightiest morons...don't forget that.

Also, never forget, the Nazis only lost ONE war!


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