This is a bit of comedy and TV history.
The Smothers Brothers had a wonderful and controversial variety series on CBS beginning in 1967. Over time, it got political and pushed the envelope with the network censors, finally getting fired and cancelled in 1970.
I loved the show -- it had a writing staff that included such people as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner -- and a lot of the material seen today holds up surprisingly well, considering how much of the time it was, and focused on the politics and culture of the day..
Then, 20 years passed, enough time had passed under the bridge that the boys and CBS "let bygones" and had a 20th anniversary reunion.
Here are the opening eight minutes of that broadcast.
6/9/2014 11:59:40 am
If I'm remembering correctly, the special had a cold open that didn't make this clip. Dick and Tommy were in a helicopter that was coming in for a landing at Television City, discussing how great it was to be back and being back in CBS's good graces. Cut to an artillery piece being aimed at the copter from the landing pad. Cut to opening credits. If it wasn't on the reunion special, it was on the first episode of the revival that CBS aired the next year.
6/9/2014 03:28:54 pm
Thanks, I vaguely recall that, though don't know if it was for this or the new series, as you note. I suspect the latter.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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