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  • It came and it was worth the price of admission

    • by Orrymain

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      Johnny Carson is the Man of the Week on this edition of The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, a special version of Dean’s variety show. It begins with a terrific zinger by Dean about Johnny’s marriages. What a great way to start out.

      Doc Severinsen had a super bit as he started out all serious and full of praise. I knew there was something coming, and you could tell from looking at

      Johnny that he was waiting for the zinger. It came and it was worth the price of admission.

      Bob Newhart was a hoot as he recounted Johnny’s wife’s names — Joan, Joanne, and Joanna. It all had to do with not wanting new towels. Newhart delivers this stuff with such dry wit. It’s a great laugh.

      I was surprised to see Bette Davis on the dais, but that’s the power of ...

      • Johnny Carson at that point in time. She had some good jokes, too.

        There was an absolutely horrid bit with Adam-12’s Kent McCord and Martin Milner. I envision the two cringing silently at the dialog they’d been given. For example, they asked about ‘the black chick’, referring to her as Moms Mabley. That was actually Dionne Warwick. The whole thing was disconcerting and unnerving. It was a series

        of really bad jokes. They didn’t even shake hands with Johnny when they were done.

        Johnny’s wrap up at the end was fantastic. He actually mentioned by Martin and Kent, saying their comedy had all the timing of the Cuban invasion.

        This was a nice roast. The dais was a good one, though Ed McMahon was missing from the stage. It’s definitely worth watching. Carson is a classic for the ages.

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