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Variety 

Variety shows were the mainstay of early American TV with stars such as Milton Berle, Red Skelton and Sid Caesar dominating the airwaves. Ed Sullivan was a mainstay of television with his ... See full summary »

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Steve Boettcher

Writer:

Jack Jones
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Episode credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Milton Berle ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Boone ... Himself
Carol Burnett ... Herself (archive footage)
George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
Ruth Buzzi ... Herself (archive footage)
Sid Caesar ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Imogene Coca ... Herself (archive footage)
Nat 'King' Cole ... Himself (archive footage)
Perry Como ... Himself (archive footage)
Tim Conway ... Himself
Mary Jane Croft ... Herself (archive footage)
Phyllis Diller ... Herself
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Variety shows were the mainstay of early American TV with stars such as Milton Berle, Red Skelton and Sid Caesar dominating the airwaves. Ed Sullivan was a mainstay of television with his Sunday night show presenting everything from acrobats to stand-up comedians to scenes from Broadway plays. Arthur Godfrey at one point had two hit TV shows on the air and his folksy charm seemed to be just what America wanted at the time. His firing of popular singer Julius LaRosa on live TV changed the public's perception of him. Singers hosting their own variety show became popular with Pat Boone, and Andy Williams both hosting very popular shows. Perry Como was so popular that his show trounced The Honeymooners (1955)in the ratings and six years later did the same against The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961). Sid Caesar's _"Your Show of Shows" (1950)_ made sketch comedy a staple of the variety hour, something that carried on for several decades with show like _"The Carol Burnett Show" (1967)_. Variety ... Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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No mention of Ernie Kovacs, even though Laugh In is mentioned and was just a modernized version of Ernie? But how could you categorize Ernie? See more »

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Great episode but....
3 September 2019 | by ETubamanSee all my reviews

....but no mention of Ernie Kovacs even though there is a segment on Laugh In, which was basically a more modern version of Ernie Kovacs? Bu then, how does one categorize Ernie ?


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