By David Bianculli
An extraordinary behind-the-scenes examine the increase and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged application that stunned the censors, outraged the White condominium, and perpetually replaced the face of television.
Decades ahead of The day-by-day Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there has been a spot on tv for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian viewpoint. during this first-ever all-access historical past of the convey, veteran leisure journalist David Bianculli tells the interesting tale of its three-year community run -- and the cultural effect that's nonetheless being felt at the present time.
Before it used to be without notice faraway from the CBS lineup (reportedly stressed from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was once a rankings powerhouse. It helped release the careers of comedy legends resembling Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts just like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar move of the overdue Sixties.
Drawing on wide unique interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of alternative key gamers -- in addition to greater than a decade's worthy of unique study -- Dangerously Funny brings readers backstage for all of the battles over censorship, stunning musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that outlined the convey and its period.
David Bianculli delves deep into this never-told tale, to determine what really occurred and to bare why this convey is still so major to today.
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