Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers by David Bianculli PDF

By David Bianculli

An unheard of behind-the-scenes examine the increase and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged application that surprised the censors, outraged the White condominium, and endlessly replaced the face of television.

Decades sooner than 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 perspective. 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 impression that's nonetheless being felt this day.

Before it used to be by surprise faraway from the CBS lineup (reportedly stressed from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour used to be a scores powerhouse. It helped release the careers of comedy legends corresponding to 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 circulation of the past due Sixties.

Drawing on wide unique interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of alternative key avid gamers -- in addition to greater than a decade's worthy of unique study -- Dangerously Funny brings readers behind the curtain for the entire battles over censorship, staggering musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that outlined the exhibit and its period.

David Bianculli delves deep into this never-told tale, to determine what really occurred and to bare why this express is still so major to this present day.

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