Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"➹ [Reading] ➻ Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" By David Bianculli ➮ – Tbjewellers.co.uk 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 Uncensored eBook ´ 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 Bianculli tells the fascinating story of Dangerously Funny: eBook Ó its three year 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 the late s Drawing on extensive original interviews Funny: The Uncensored MOBI · with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players as well as than a decade s worth of original researchDangerously 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 day.

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    PDF Reader for the Connected World 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 Bianculli tells the fascinating story of Dangerously Funny: eBook Ó its three year 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 the late s Drawing on extensive original interviews Funny: The Uncensored MOBI · with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players as well as than a decade s worth of original researchDangerously 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 day."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 382 pages
  • Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
  • David Bianculli
  • English
  • 09 August 2017
  • 1439101167

10 thoughts on “Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

  1. says:

    Clearly written and organized, and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers, and it shows Any of you 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 hadto do with falling rati Clearly written and organized, and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers, and it shows Any of you 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 hadto do with falling ratings particularly in the Bible Belt , Tommy Smothers intransigence, and David Steinberg s edgy biblical routines Even if you remember the whole story better than I did, read the book anyway It gives you an excellent picture of America in a period of profound transformation, and of the TV show that for a few brief years was on the cutting edge of that change

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    If 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 aim buried under the neiges d antan If either phrase has left you scratching your wig holder, look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnalls.But don t read this rather dense, somewhat longwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It will mean little to you, and the density of the behind the scenes material won t fascinate The author If 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 aim buried under the neiges d antan If either phrase has left you scratching your wig holder, look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnalls.But don t read this rather dense, somewhat longwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It will mean little to you, 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 dry Just thick Like a fallen souffle, it still has the savor but the texture s just a little off.I 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 mother.So along comes the TV show the clean cut young men put on, on Sunday night opposite Bonanza which neither of my parents cared diddly about if it had been opposite Gunsmoke I d ve never even heard of it the closing in on 50 mom and closing in on 40 dad tried to be gravy joke on groovy, slang of the timesthey were as inept at modern slang as I am, and you will be, youngsters by watching it with their teens and the caboose.We all loved it Pat Paulsen was so funny that my arch conservative parents thought he was the highlght of the show with his first time ever done fake run for President My sisters loved Share Tea with Goldie , with a flower child making in jokes about drugs that Mama and Daddy didn t get I was in love with Mason Williams, of Classical Gas fame Still one of my very favorite pieces of pop music, up there with In Your Eyes and Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel.No one used dirty words No one wasthan mildly salacious, to my father s disgruntlement But everyone was ethically opposed to the Vietnam war, and my mother s nephew was a Navy pilot at risk, plus she d lost someone close in the Ia Drang battle never discussed in detail, quite mysterious , so we as a family were opposed to the unwinnable war Dad s name for it.Hard to imagine now, in this fractured entertainment landscape, but the Smothers Brothers drew 35% THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of the TV viewing audienceand got canceled If someone drew a 35% share today, the network execs would offer their grandchildren as slaves and their houses as rewards to the people who delivered such monster ratings Then, wellthat was just ordinary What wasn t ordinary was the men delivering the ratings were young and idealistic and ready to talk about things that were taboo eg, religious hypocrisy, racial politics without hesitation The people who watched the Smothers Brothers were mostly young, mostly rich, mostly well educated and almost always all three What an audience And they got canceled.Even my arch conservative parents thought that was stupid Can t stop people thinkin and best not to try, said Mama What s the use of a Constitution if you can only agree with powerful people asked Dad.Yeah That s what I m sayin after reading this book They didn t back down from any fight, and they lost the warbut damn, it s hard not to admire their spirit Tommy, though, comes across as a self righteous little pisher and Dickie as a self absorbed bore But hey, they fought a good fight and today s TV landscape looks the way it does in good part because of these guys and their irritating ways.Someone give them a show, quick They re still alive, but who knows for how long

  4. says:

    Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not, say, Middling to Fair Reads , I am yanked 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 particularly scintillating 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 art media, social control and corporate mentalities, TV of th Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not, say, Middling to Fair Reads , I am yanked 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 particularly scintillating 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 art media, social control and corporate mentalities, TV of that era, and the Smothers Brothers themselves hold some interest for me But I think you kind of have to have some experience with the show to really care much about the book 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 cancellation.Bianculli has done yeoman 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

  5. says:

    If you re interested in this sort of thing, and you should be, this is well told The attempts to force the Nixon connection at the end get strained, but there s a lot of gold in here.

  6. says:

    The first three quarters of this book rates five stars, but the last quarter, 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 Brothers 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 b The first three quarters of this book rates five stars, but the last quarter, 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 Brothers 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 book.This book offers no new insight into the story, although the story itself is chronicled in interesting and lively detail What it doesn t offer is much perspective from Tommy and what was going through his mind when he pulled some of the stupid stunts he did with CBS He doesn t take Tommy to task at all, nor challenge him in any way on his actions Nor does Tommy seem to take any real responsibility for the cancellation Instead its offered up as political censorship, ignoring the fact that those who censored and ultimately canceled the show weren t opposed to the brothers politics, they simply didn t want to offend the viewers on topics such as religion and sex or to offend anyone personally It was never about the political ideas espoused.The book could have been great if Bianculli had just kept his left wing snarking asides out It wasn t about Democrats versus Republicans as it so often is today It was the younger generation versus the establishment In fact, the Democrats of the 1960s were evenconservative than the Republicans It was a Democrat, Pastore, who talked of censoring the brothers and most everyone involved in the censoring and ultimate firing of the brothers were Democrats As is still the case in recent years when government censorship is pursued by Democrats such as Tipper Gore Here s a passage from the book that shows how much Bianculli wanted to uncover a right wing conspiracy Finding a smoking gun connecting Richard Nixon directly to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a task at which I proved unsuccessful, but not for lack of effort Doesn t this guy have an editor at Simon Schuster How can someone who spends so much time researching a story ignore the facts he uncovers and come to such idiotic conclusions This is what partisan politics does to a writer

  7. says:

    Dick People don t tune in to us to listen to us argue Tom Some of them did I 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 Dick People don t tune in to us to listen to us argue Tom Some of them did I 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 censors in their skits, but Tom s resistance to make the changes being demanded of him ultimately led to the cancellation of the show Tom You can tell who s running the country by how much clothes people wear, see Dick Do you mean that some people can affordclothes on, and some people have less on Is that what you mean Tom That s right.Dick I don t understand.Tom See, the ordinary people, you d say that the ordinary people are the less ons.Dick So who s running the country Tom The morons The book itself is hardly a work of literature, but it gets the job done in recreating the era and telling the story I enjoyed reliving a part of my past that still carry fond memories The Smothers have always one of my favorite acts and it was a pleasure to get behind the scenes of one of my favorite childhood variety shows Tom Mom liked you best Dick Lower your voice Tom Basso profundo Mom liked you best

  8. says:

    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 variety 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 inconsequential, but Bianculli makes the case for the Smo 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 variety 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 inconsequential, but Bianculli makes the case for the Smothers Brothers continuing influence on American media

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    I wish this book was a lotabout 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 I picked up most of my teenage musical preferences from them.

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