SUMMARY ß Dangerously Funny

CHARACTERS Dangerously Funny

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 B. Clearly written and organized and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers and it shows Any of you remember that Firesign Theatre album title Everything You Know is Wrong Well I found out this was true of my memory of the whole Comedy Hour controversy I thought the series ended because of the Vietnam War Pete Seeger s Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and pressure from the Johnson White House when in reality it had to do with falling ratings particularly in the Bible Belt Tommy Smothers intransigence and David Steinberg s edgy biblical routines Even if you remember the whole story better than I did read the book anyway It gives you an excellent picture of America in a period of profound transformation and of the TV show that for a few brief years was on the cutting edge of that change

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Dangerously Funny

Of the late s Drawing on extensive original interviews 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 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 da. Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH

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Ianculli 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. Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not say Middling to Fair Reads I am yanked back into reality by that realization David Bianculli s Dangerously Funny is not as it stands an inherently un good read but neither is it particularly scintillating I blazed through it and enjoyed it but only because the subjects of 60s pop and political culture issues 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 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 find it 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 facts in easy to read fashion But 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 This is a common and noticeable tendency of boomers like Bianculli perhaps overvaluing the importance of the pop cultural landmarks of their life


10 thoughts on “Dangerously Funny

  1. says:

    Clearly written and organized and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers and

  2. says:

    Another book in the Read Aloud With the Wife series Pretty interesting account of the brother's career politics and impact on the current generation of entertainers

  3. says:

    If you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know it was on a competing show but timeliness was the aim buried under the neiges d'antan If either phrase has left you scratching your wig holder look THAT up in 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 t

  4. says:

    Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not say Middling to Fair Reads I am yanked back into reality by that realization David Bianculli's Dangerously Funny is not as it stands an inherently un good read but neither is it particularly scintillating I blazed through it and enjoyed it but only because the subjects of '60s pop and political culture issues of creative control and free speech and censorship of artmedia social control a

  5. says:

    If you're interested in this sort of thing and you should be this is well told The attempts to force the Nixon connection at the end

  6. says:

    The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political ran

  7. says:

    Dick People don't tune in to us to listen to us argueTom Some of them didI was one of those people who tuned in 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 it's pages examining the evolution of Tom's enlightenment as an anti establishment proponent in the sixties

  8. says:

    The author takes advantage of cooperative sources not only the Smothers Brothers and their collaborators but also a few C

  9. says:

    Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH

  10. says:

    I wish this book was a lot about the Smothers Brothers and a lot less about their nonstop battles with CBS Nevertheless it was an interesting