Culli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers
and t shows Any of you remember that Firesign Theatre album it shows Any of you remember that Firesign Theatre album Everything You Know s Wrong Well I found out this was true of my memory of the whole Comedy Hour controversy *I Thought The Series Ended * thought the series ended of the Vietnam War Pete Seeger s Waist Deep n the Big Muddy and pressure from the Johnson White House when n reality t had to do with falling ratings particularly n the Bible Belt Tommy Smothers ntransigence and David Steinberg s edgy biblical routines Even f you remember the whole story better than I did read the book anyway It gives you an excellent picture of America n a period of profound transformation and of the TV show that for a few brief years was on the cutting edge of that change Since we A Deadly Trade inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not say Middling to Fair Reads I am yanked backnto reality by that realization David Bianculli s Dangerously Funny Framed for Murder is not ast stands an nherently un good read but neither s t particularly scintillating I blazed through t and enjoyed t but only because the subjects of 60s pop and political culture ssues of creative control and free speech and censorship of artmedia social control and corporate mentalities TV of that era and the Smothers Brothers themselves hold some Squeak! 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 findt Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter 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 cancellationBianculli has done yeoman research and presents the factsn easy to read fashion But Pêşbaziya Çîrokên Neqediyayî 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 Thiss a common and noticeable tendency of boomers like Bianculli perhaps overvaluing the Pick Three importance of the pop cultural landmarks of their life Dick People don t tunen to us to listen to us argueTom Some of them didI was one of those people who tuned n 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 t s pages examining the evolution of Tom s enlightenment as an anti establishment proponent n the sixties and his constant battles with the CBS censors over the politicization of the show The controversy tself became fodder for the writers as they made fun of the censors n 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 seeDick Do you mean that some people can afford clothes on and some people "have less on Is that what you meanTom That s rightDick I don "less on Is that what you meanTom That s rightDick I don understandTom See the ordinary people you d say that the ordinary people are the less onsDick So who s running the countryTom The morons The book tself Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron is hardly a work of literature butt gets the job done n 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 t was a pleasure to get behind the scenes of one of my favorite childhood variety showsTom Mom liked you bestDick Lower your voiceTom Basso profundo Mom liked you best I wish this book was a lot about the Smothers Brothers and a lot less about their nonstop battles with CBS Nevertheless Accidental Commando it was annteresting 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. The late 1960s Drawing on extensive original nterviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players as well as 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 ts era David Bianculli delves deep nto this riveting story to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this .
Read Dangerously FunnyIf you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know t was on a competing
but timeliness the aim buried under the neiges d antan If either phrase has left you scratching your wig holder look THAT up n your Funk and WagnallsBut 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 TVshow but timeliness
about the time period and about the brothers His style sn t sparklingthe time period and about the brothers His style sn t sparkling Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, its very nformative and t s never dry Just thick Like a fallen souffle Son of the Sheriff it still has the savor but the texture s just a little offI 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 motherSo along comes the TV show the clean cut young men put on on Sunday night opposite Bonanza which neither of my parents cared diddly aboutf The Best of Us: A Memoir it had been opposite Gunsmoke I d ve never even heard oft the closing n on 50 mom and closing n on 40 dad tried to be gravy joke on groovy slang of the timesthey were as nept at modern slang as I am and you will be youngsters by watching t with their teens and the cabooseWe all loved The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation 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 makingn jokes about drugs that Mama and Daddy didn t get I was n 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 GabrielNo one used dirty words No one was than 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 n the Ia Drang battle never discussed Annie and the Confirmed Bachelor in detail uite mysterious so we as a family were opposed to the unwinnable war Dad s name fortHard to April in Bloom imagine nown 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 Let It Snow 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 audienceAnd they got canceledEven 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 Constitutionf you can only agree with powerful people asked DadYeah That s what I m sayin after reading this book They didn t back down from any fight and they lost the warbut damn t 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 t does Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, in good part because of these guys and theirrritating waysSomeone give them a show uick They re still alive but who knows for how long The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter. 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 Bi. ,
Which should have been omitted turns nto a political rant n which Bianculli offers diotic 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 t 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 bookThis book offers no new HOW TO PLOT ROMANCE FICTION: KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! HOW TO OUTLINE A ROMANCE NOVEL WHEN YOU ARE AN INTUITIVE WRITER insightnto the story although the story Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, itselfs chronicled Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Extra, innteresting and lively detail What Angels Do Have Wings it doesn t offers 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 n any way on his actions Nor does Tommy seem to take any real responsibility for the cancellation Instead ts offered up as political censorship gnoring 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 * brothers politics they simply didn t want to offend the viewers on topics such religion and sex or to offend
anyone personally It was never about the political deas espousedThe book could have been great f Biancullipersonally It was never about the political deas espousedThe book could have been great Amusement Parks of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware if Bianculli just kept his left wing snarking asides out It wasn t about Democrats versus Republicans ast so often Monster Trucks Hair in a Can is today It was the younger generation versus the establishment In fact the Democrats of the 1960s were even conservative than the Republicans It was a Democrat Pastore who talked of censoring the brothers and most everyonenvolved n the censoring and ultimate firing of the brothers were Democrats As s still the case Danger on the Mountain in recent years when government censorships 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 conspiracyFinding 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 gnore the facts he uncovers and come to such diotic conclusions This In anderen Herzen is what partisan politics does to a writer Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the mostnventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship ssues Covers both sides of the story and puts things n historical perspective to give us the Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns insider scoop on how a show that was anrritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An The Silent Service: Los Angeles Class important piece of media history well told BH Another bookn the Read Aloud With the Wife series Pretty nteresting account of the brother s career politics and mpact on the current generation of enterta If you re Flesh Blood: Compendium interestedn this sort of thing and you should be this s well told The attempts to force the Nixon connection at the end get strained but there s a lot of gold n here 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 n a catalog of guests and sketches but we get a feeling for how the show fit nto Seduced By Dragons (Dragon Nursery, its time To a present day reader the escalating battle between the show s writers and the network censors could seemnconseuential but Bianculli makes the case for the Smothers Brothers continuing nfluence on American media Clearly written and organized and very nformative Bian. Anculli tells the fascinating story of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty its three year network run and the culturalmpact that's still being felt today Before t 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.