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By Susan King and Susan King,Los Angeles Times | January 3, 1993
Tom Smothers admits he was never particularly interested in having episodes of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" resurface on television."Maybe if people see them again, they wouldn't remember them with such fondness," Mr. Smothers said in a recent interview. "The emotions and feelings about the show are beautiful now. Why show them?"But cable's E! Entertainment Television is dusting off all 71 episodes of the landmark CBS series, which aired from 1967 to '69, and will air them weeknights beginning Monday.
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February 27, 2007
Smothers Brothers at Rams Head The Smothers Brothers, who started their careers decades ago as a folk music act, perform at Rams Head Tavern at 8 to night. Their music also includes social and political commen tary. The show at the tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, costs $79.50. Information: call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com. FYI Susan Reimer has the day off. Her column does not appear to day.
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | May 2, 1993
If pleasant ocean breezes aren't enough to lure you to the seashore in early May, the town of Ocean City has an added incentive: Springfest.To help bolster the beach's allure, town organizers have lined up big-name performers to appear Thursday to Sunday at the annual festival at the inlet.Success "depends on the weather and bringing in name entertainment to bring in the people," says Martha O. Clements, spokeswoman for the Ocean City Convention and Tourism Bureau.Topping the bill this year are the Smothers Brothers, who will perform their comedy and singing act on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 21, 2000
"Comedians all have a pattern," says Tommy Smothers, who is sitting with his brother, Dick, in the lounge at a hotel in downtown Baltimore. Tommy's theory is that most comedians have a certain physical tic that comes up every time they get to a punch line. He mentions Pat Paulsen, the famously deadpan comic who was a staple of the old "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in the 1960s. Paulsen would deliver a joke - "I got my wife a birth control device. It's called a Slinky" - and a half second after the last word, he'd casually swing his right fist up into his left hand, punctuating the gag with a muffled clap.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 21, 2000
"Comedians all have a pattern," says Tommy Smothers, who is sitting with his brother, Dick, in the lounge at a hotel in downtown Baltimore. Tommy's theory is that most comedians have a certain physical tic that comes up every time they get to a punch line. He mentions Pat Paulsen, the famously deadpan comic who was a staple of the old "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in the 1960s. Paulsen would deliver a joke - "I got my wife a birth control device. It's called a Slinky" - and a half second after the last word, he'd casually swing his right fist up into his left hand, punctuating the gag with a muffled clap.
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February 27, 2007
Smothers Brothers at Rams Head The Smothers Brothers, who started their careers decades ago as a folk music act, perform at Rams Head Tavern at 8 to night. Their music also includes social and political commen tary. The show at the tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, costs $79.50. Information: call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com. FYI Susan Reimer has the day off. Her column does not appear to day.
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September 14, 2000
Victor Borge, the noted pianist and comedian, has had to cancel his scheduled performance with the Baltimore Symphony next week, due to the grave illness of his wife. Consequently, the BSO SuperPops season will open instead with the Smothers Brothers, who will perform four concerts, Sept. 21-24. The duo, known for their puckish wit and impish interplay, last appeared with the BSO in 1993. Newly appointed BSO Assistant Conductor Lara Webber will also be on the bill, conducting light pieces by Tchaikovsky and others.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | December 23, 1992
Dick Smothers, half of the Smothers Brothers duo that drov CBS censors batty in the '60s, says most of today's TV satire "is terribly insensitive."Shows such as NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and Fox's "In Living Color" "don't seem to care who they hit or who they hurt," says Mr. Smothers, whose left-wing, antiwar "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was abruptly canceled after three seasons in 1969. "Our satire was more gentle, nudging. It wasn't coarse."In a move sure to attract baby boomers with political memories, reruns of the classic comedy-variety show will run weeknights at 8 on cable's E!
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | May 15, 1992
A rare appearance by Harry Belafonte will be the highlight of an unusually glittering Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pops lineup next season.Belafonte, who will appear without the BSO, is one of the truly legendary figures in American popular music: He was the first singer to sell more than 1 million copies of an individual album, the first African-American to win an Emmy, and he was also a Tony winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center award.Other performers on the 1992-'93 roster, which the BSO released Wednesday, include the famed a cappella group the Swingle Singers, composer-conductor Henry Mancini, the Smothers Brothers comedy team and BSO music director David Zinman, who will lead the orchestra in music from "Porgy and Bess" and "Carmen Jones."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | May 14, 1992
A rare appearance by Harry Belafonte will be the highlight of an unusually glittering Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pops lineup next season.Belafonte, who will appear without the BSO, is one of the truly legendary figures in American popular music: He was the first singer to sell more than 1 million copies of an individual album, he was the first African-American to win an Emmy, and he was also a Tony winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center award.Other...
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September 14, 2000
Victor Borge, the noted pianist and comedian, has had to cancel his scheduled performance with the Baltimore Symphony next week, due to the grave illness of his wife. Consequently, the BSO SuperPops season will open instead with the Smothers Brothers, who will perform four concerts, Sept. 21-24. The duo, known for their puckish wit and impish interplay, last appeared with the BSO in 1993. Newly appointed BSO Assistant Conductor Lara Webber will also be on the bill, conducting light pieces by Tchaikovsky and others.
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | May 2, 1993
If pleasant ocean breezes aren't enough to lure you to the seashore in early May, the town of Ocean City has an added incentive: Springfest.To help bolster the beach's allure, town organizers have lined up big-name performers to appear Thursday to Sunday at the annual festival at the inlet.Success "depends on the weather and bringing in name entertainment to bring in the people," says Martha O. Clements, spokeswoman for the Ocean City Convention and Tourism Bureau.Topping the bill this year are the Smothers Brothers, who will perform their comedy and singing act on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
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By Susan King and Susan King,Los Angeles Times | January 3, 1993
Tom Smothers admits he was never particularly interested in having episodes of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" resurface on television."Maybe if people see them again, they wouldn't remember them with such fondness," Mr. Smothers said in a recent interview. "The emotions and feelings about the show are beautiful now. Why show them?"But cable's E! Entertainment Television is dusting off all 71 episodes of the landmark CBS series, which aired from 1967 to '69, and will air them weeknights beginning Monday.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | December 23, 1992
Dick Smothers, half of the Smothers Brothers duo that drov CBS censors batty in the '60s, says most of today's TV satire "is terribly insensitive."Shows such as NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and Fox's "In Living Color" "don't seem to care who they hit or who they hurt," says Mr. Smothers, whose left-wing, antiwar "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was abruptly canceled after three seasons in 1969. "Our satire was more gentle, nudging. It wasn't coarse."In a move sure to attract baby boomers with political memories, reruns of the classic comedy-variety show will run weeknights at 8 on cable's E!
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | May 15, 1992
A rare appearance by Harry Belafonte will be the highlight of an unusually glittering Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pops lineup next season.Belafonte, who will appear without the BSO, is one of the truly legendary figures in American popular music: He was the first singer to sell more than 1 million copies of an individual album, the first African-American to win an Emmy, and he was also a Tony winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center award.Other performers on the 1992-'93 roster, which the BSO released Wednesday, include the famed a cappella group the Swingle Singers, composer-conductor Henry Mancini, the Smothers Brothers comedy team and BSO music director David Zinman, who will lead the orchestra in music from "Porgy and Bess" and "Carmen Jones."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | May 14, 1992
A rare appearance by Harry Belafonte will be the highlight of an unusually glittering Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pops lineup next season.Belafonte, who will appear without the BSO, is one of the truly legendary figures in American popular music: He was the first singer to sell more than 1 million copies of an individual album, he was the first African-American to win an Emmy, and he was also a Tony winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center award.Other...
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By Michael Blowen and Michael Blowen,Boston Globe | March 12, 1995
Remember Priscilla Goodbody?She was the fictional, invisible network censor trotted out every time Johnny Carson wanted to take a jab at the prim and proper Broadcast Standards and Practices office at NBC. She was a humorless schoolmarm type who objected to the word "toilet," demanded that married men and women on TV inhabit separate beds, if not separate rooms, and was constantly on Mr. Carson's case for his legendary double-entendres. She even wanted to censor his devilish smirk.Things change.
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By Mary Corey | November 12, 1990
Remember "In the Beginning"?"Hello, Larry" ring any bells?If not, not to worry. Even McLean Stevenson, the man who lived through them, prefers to forget many of the ill-conceived sitcoms he's starred in since leaving "M*A*S*H" 15 years ago."I did some terrible shows," he says. "But nobody made me do it. I did everything by choice. I love working."Which brings up the question: What exactly has life after "M*A*S*H" been like for the 59-year-old actor?Ask Mr. Stevenson that on a rainy Saturday and he not so much answers as recounts his life in show business.
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