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I linked to a wonderful episode of You Bet Your Life (hosted by my all-time comedy hero, Groucho Marx) way back in May, so it's probably about time for another one, dontcha think? ;)

One of the contestants in this particular episode (first broadcast in 1956) is the sculptor Yucca Salamunich, who it turns out was far from unknown at the time, as evidenced by this article in the May 11, 1952 issue of the St. Petersburg Times, which describes him as: "... a Hollywood intellectual, a Yugoslavian sculptor and 'free thinker' who's been around movieland 20 years..." and this Time Magazine article from 1947, in which he pontificates on which actresses have the sexiest heads, noting -- among other things -- that: "Passionate women always have long straight noses." Which is nice to know. ;)

Seriously though, google Mr Salamunich's name and you'll get some idea of just how famous he was.

Look out for his entrance about thirteen minutes in, and enjoy.



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First a little something to get you into a suspenseful mood....




The following episode of Suspense was broadcast live on the 18th of August, 1953... and the writer was a young Rod Serling. (Oh, and be sure to note the half-time ad, a jolly little animation in which a man is killed by a bear... though, as the voice-over assures us, it could have ended quite differently if only his car had had an Auto-Lite Stay-Ful Battery. They don't make 'em like that any more.)




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I'd been planning to link to this Fernwood Tonight clip last week (before I got distracted by West Side Story parodies and lolcats), but here it is at last. 
 
Alas, this is another one of those videos where the embedding has been disabled, so you'll just have to go to the following url to watch it:
But it's worth the trip for a very funny argument about alien abduction between two characters played by Kenneth Mars (who I assume most of you will recognise from The Producers and Young Frankenstein) and Fannie Flagg, the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

 
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I've had a request for the "mice in leisure suits" clip of Fernwood Tonight. I had that one lined up for posting later in the week anyway, so why wait? ;)

And why stop there? I've also thrown in another very funny clip, featuring a man from the Fernwood Coroner's office. Once again, enjoy.


Fernwood Tonight, featuring leisure suits for mice:





Fernwood Tonight, "Name That Body" (with a man from the Coroner's office):







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Trundling around the internet, I've recently come across several films and television shows I once thought were hilarious only to find that -- for me, at least -- they haven't stood the test of time and just aren't that funny any more.  

One exception to this is the wonderful Fernwood Tonight (a spoof chat show: "coming to you live from Ferwood, Ohio") which is just as funny now as it was thirty years ago. For a bit of background on the show, you can read this article from TV Guide (July 9-15, 1977). 

I've found several clips on youtube which I'll link to in coming days, but to start with, here is a complete episode of Fernwood Tonight from 1977 (though split into two parts, alas!). Enjoy.

Fernwood Tonight, part one:



Fernwood Tonight, part two:




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