The Dean Martin Comedy Hour: Ronald Reagan TV Show
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  • Actually, though, Spitz was the catalyst for one of the best jokes of the evening

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      Then California Governor Ronald Reagan was given the honor of being the first official Man of the Week on The Dean Martin Comedy Hour. Now some of these shows have been repackaged under the title of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, which were filmed in Las Vegas. The roasts began as a part of The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, however, and the concept became much

      loved. Some of these initial programs were shorter roasts, somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes. Since they were part of Dean’s show, there would be a couple of musical numbers and such. In the repackaging of the roasts, those numbers have been cut out. Other roasts were the full hour, and as the roasts grew, some were 90 minutes and few even two ...

      • hours.

        Dean Martin began tossing out a few barbs himself and then it was on to the members of the dais, some of who made sense and others were just there because … well, I don’t know why. I’ve never known why some of the panel members were there, except they were either notables of their day or stars of NBC programming.

        While Jack Benny is a logical

        roaster, Olympian Mark Spitz was not. Actually, though, Spitz was the catalyst for one of the best jokes of the evening. Martin made the joke and all I’ll say is that it had to do with Spitz’ new religion and swordfish.

        Reagan did nicely in his closing assault on the dais members, making this a nice piece of entertainment overall. Even Nancy Reagan’s appearance was slightly amusing.




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