I wish this book was a lot about the Smothers Brothers and a lot less about their nonstop battles with CBS Nevertheless it was an interesting blast from the past I remember watching their show as a kid but had forgotten that from the past I remember watching their show as a kid but had forgotten that picked up most of my teenage musical preferences from them Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH The author takes advantage of cooperative sources not only the Smothers Brothers and their collaborators but also a few CBS executives to take us behind the scenes of the popular 60s executives to take us behind the scenes of the popular 60s show The book occasionally gets caught up in a catalog of guests and sketches but we get a feeling for how the show fit into its time To a present day reader the escalating battle between the show s writers and the network censors could seem inconseuential but Bianculli makes the case for the Smothers Brothers continuing influence on American media Dick People don t tune in to us to listen to us argueTom Some of them didI was one of those people who tuned in between 67 and 69 to listen to Tom and Dick Smothers argue and sing and make me laugh on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour David Bianculli s book Dangerously Funny traces the Brothers career but spends most of it s pages examining the evolution of Tom s enlightenment as an anti establishment proponent in the sixties and his constant battles with the CBS censors over the politicization of the show The controversy itself became fodder for the writers as they made fun of the censor The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothe. A behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour the provocative politically charged program that shocked the censors outraged the White House and forever changed the face of television Decades before The Daily Show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no holds barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view In this explosive revealing history of the show veteran entertainment journalist David Bi. .
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Rs as some kind of conspiracy and some kind of right wing conspiracy at that rather than what it was Tommy Smothers self destructiveness spiraling out of control Rather than spending so much time trying to uncover blame elsewhere for the battles that ultimately led to the cancellation why didn t Bianculli try to find out what was really going on with Tommy Smothers at the time since he seemed to have unfettered access to the brothers during the writing of the bookThis book offers no new insight into the sto If ou re interested in this sort of thing and ou should be this is well told The attempts to force the Nixon connection At The End Get Strained the end get strained there s a lot of gold in here Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not say Middling to Fair Reads I am anked back into reality by that realization David Bianculli s Dangerously Funny is not as it stands
An Inherently Un Good Read But Neither Is It Particularlyinherently un good read but neither is it particularly I blazed through it and enjoyed it but only because the subjects of 60s pop and political culture issues of creative control and free speech and censorship of artmedia social control and corporate mentalities TV of that era and the Smothers Brothers themselves hold some interest for me But I think ou kind of have to have some experience with the show to really care much about the of have to have some experience with the show to really care much about the I did find it interesting to realize how much Tom Smothers the dumb brother on the show was the creative mastermind and tenacious button pusher whose uncompromising stances and tendency to seek a good scrap ultimately led to the program s cancellationBianculli has done eoman research and presents the facts in easy to read fashion But in the end the book really has no flair and Bianculli too often resorts to hyperbole when heroicizing the brothers and their mark on culture This is a common and noticeable tendency of boomers like Bianculli perhaps overvaluing the importance of the pop cultural landmarks of their life If Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know it was on a competing show but timeliness was the. Anculli tells the fascinating story of its threeear network run and the cultural impact that's still being felt today Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of. Aim buried under the neiges d antan If either phrase has left The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts you scratchingour wig holder look THAT up in our Funk and WagnallsBut don t read this rather dense
somewhat longwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It willlongwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It will little to ou and the density of the behind the scenes material won t fascinate The author clearly knows his onions about TV about the time period and about the brothers His style isn t sparkling but it is very informative and it s never period and about the brothers His style isn t sparkling but it is very informative and it s never Just thick Like a fallen souffle it still has the savor but the texture s just a little offI grew up on Smothers Brothers material because my sisters are both much older than I am so were listening to their albums and Kingston Trio albums and Vaughn Meader albums and Bob Newhart albums sigh What a way to grow up Then along came the Beatles and out went everything elseexcept the Smothers Brothers the eldest sister was a granola and granny gowns girl to the horror of our Balenciaga wearing motherSo along comes the TV show the clean cut oung men put on on Sunday night opposite Bonanza which neither Another book in the Read Aloud With the Wife series Pretty interesting account of the brother s career politics and impact on the current generation of entertainers Clearly written and of the brother s career politics and impact on the current generation of entertainers Clearly written and and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers and it shows Any of ou remember that Firesign Theatre album title Everything You Know is Wrong Well I found out this was true of my memory of the whole Comedy Hour controversy I thought the series ended because of the Vietnam War Pete Seeger s Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and pressure from the Johnson White House when in reality it had to do with falling ratings particularly in the Bible Belt Tommy Smothers intransigence and David Steinberg s edgy biblical routines Even if Engine Performance Diagnostics you remember the whole story better than I did read the book anyway It givesou an excellent picture of America in a period of profound transformation and of the TV show that for a few brief ears was on the cutting edge of that change. The late 1960s Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players as well as than a decade's worth of original research Dangerously Funny brings readers behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship mind blowing musical performances and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era David Bianculli delves deep into this riveting story to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this ,