TV’s Best Comedies (Musea Year-by-Year Guide)

Musea vaults – an excerpt from the issue on TV’s Best Comedies. For the rest of the issue see link at end.


The first known use of the word ‘television’ is at the Paris Exhibition of 1900 Philo T Farnsworth, at age 14 has a vision of electronic TV scanning while plowing hay in 1921 the very FIRST image to be broadcast over television airwaves was of Felix The Cat “A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Minister walk into a bar and the bartender says, ‘What is this, a joke?'” – Vicky Lawrence, The New Match Game
In this Issue Musea looks at the best TV Comedies since TV began. Its TV that has brought the belly laughs, pathos, and slapstick into our own homes, and this editor was there for just about every minute of it. Sit back with your TV dinners and review the history of comedy on TV starting with that magical year of ….

Puppet Playhouse (The Buffalo Bob Show, The Howdy Doody show) 1947-60. This kids show had the works: live kid audience in the “Peanut Gallery, Clarabell The Clown (Capt. Kangaroo from 47-53) Buffalo Bob and his red haired puppet friend, Howdy Doody – “What time is it kids?”

The Milton Berle Show (The Texaco Star Theater) 1948-71. “Uncle Miltie”, Mr. TV’s, variety show (with him usually in drag somewhere) was the reason people bought there first sets.

The Toast of the Town (The Ed Sullivan Show) (1948-71). Among the variety acts – Beatles & Elvis to plate spinners and dog acts – there were 2 decades worth of comics, some of the best got the best shot of their careers on the “really big shoe”

1949 (static)

The Jack Benny Show 1950-65. Benny was the zen comic. Less was more. He could look at the audience with his hand under his chin and that lost soul look, and get laughs – laughs by doing nothing! (Violin screeching somewhere in the background)

Your Show of Shows 1950-54. Variety show with as many stars writing as performing! Out front: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner. Behind the scenes, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, etc.. See the film “My Favorite Year” for fictional details.


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