Smothers Brothers

Wed Feb 12 15:09:35 PST 2003

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Ok, I've gotta abandon my lurker status here (as a very recent addition 
to the list) as far as the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour goes, since it 
was something of a major part of my childhood...

The show ran from (I think) 1966 to 69, when CBS cancelled it due to 
one-too-many run-ins with the network censors.  The comedy duo spent a 
LOT of time ruffling the feathers of anyone in the political right. Such 
things as breaking the anti-communist blacklist by bringing Pete Seeger 
on to perform--and insisting that he be allowed to perform a song that 
was strongly anti-Vietnam war.  Lots of other stuff happening on the 
show in a similar vein; if you're really curious about 60s relics (like 
me!), the Bravo network ran an excellent two-hour program on the 
Smothers Brothers that's bound to be repeated ad nauseum.

That particular rant out of the way, I've got to say that I'm enjoying 
reading this list--lotsa activity!


"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759