Dangerously Funny

Dangerously Funny

Book - 2010
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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 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 1960s.

Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players -- as well as more 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 day.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
ISBN: 9781439101162
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 17, 2014

Excellent book on the not only the show but the times -- and, my how they have changed!

Sometimes, when hearing about this before, I wondered why Tom fought so hard. But now, reading this book, I have great respect for him and his ideals.

Now I want to see these shows again, as I was in grade school when they aired and all the political content went over my head or was "explained" by my dad! :D

Oct 15, 2010

Not entertaining at all, no insights about the people or the times. Reads like a calendar of the Smother's Brothers guests over the 3 seasons. Dry and boring. Request the HCL library DVD:
"Smothered : the censorship struggles of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" It's WAY better and only 90 minutes long, with live performances.

Mar 22, 2010

Very talky. Interesting for those who actually watched the original show.


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Mar 22, 2010

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