(Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli

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Dangerously Funny

CHARACTERS Dangerously Funny ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF The late 1960s 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 d. The author takes advantage of cooperative sources not only the Smothers Brothers and their collaborators but also a few CBS executives to take us behind the scenes of the popular 60s variety show The book occasionally gets caught up in a catalog of guests and sketches but we get a feeling for how the show fit into its time To a present day reader the escalating battle between the show s writers and the network censors could seem inconseuential but Bianculli makes the case for the Smothers Brothers continuing influence on American media

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CHARACTERS Dangerously Funny ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Anculli 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 of. The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothers as some kind of conspiracy and some kind of right wing conspiracy at that rather than what it was Tommy Smothers self destructiveness spiraling out of control Rather than spending so much time trying to uncover blame elsewhere for the battles that ultimately led to the cancellation why didn t Bianculli try to find out what was really going on with Tommy Smothers at the time since he seemed to have unfettered access to the brothers during the writing of the bookThis book offers no new insight into the story although the story itself is chronicled in interesting and lively detail What it doesn t offer is much perspective from Tommy and what was going through his mind when he pulled some of the stupid stunts he did with CBS He doesn t take Tommy to task at all nor challenge him in any way on his actions Nor does Tommy seem to take any real responsibility for the cancellation Instead its offered up as political censorship ignoring the fact that those who censored and ultimately canceled the show weren t opposed to the brothers politics they simply didn t want to offend the viewers on topics such as religion and sex or to offend anyone personally It was never about the political ideas espousedThe book could have been great if Bianculli had just kept his left wing snarking asides out It wasn t about Democrats versus Republicans as it so often is today It was the younger generation versus the establishment In fact the Democrats of the 1960s were even conservative than the Republicans It was a Democrat Pastore who talked of censoring the brothers and most everyone involved in the censoring and ultimate firing of the brothers were Democrats As is still the case in recent years when government censorship is pursued by Democrats such as Tipper Gore Here s a passage from the book that shows how much Bianculli wanted to uncover a right wing conspiracyFinding a smoking gun connecting Richard Nixon directly to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a task at which I proved unsuccessful but not for lack of effort Doesn t this guy have an editor at Simon Schuster How can someone who spends so much time researching a story ignore the facts he uncovers and come to such idiotic conclusions This is what partisan politics does to a writer

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CHARACTERS Dangerously Funny ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 Bi. 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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  1. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS REVIEW Dangerously Funny 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 ende

  2. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli 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: REVIEW Dangerously Funny (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli

    David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny If you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know it was on a competing show but tim

  4. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny 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

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    REVIEW Dangerously Funny (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS 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 get strained but there's a lot of gold in here

  6. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothers as some kind of conspiracy and some kind of r

  7. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli 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 p

  8. says: (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli The author takes advantage of cooperative sources not only the Smothers Brothers and their collaborators but also a few CBS executives to take us behind the scenes of the popular 60s variety show The book occasionally gets caught up in a catalog of guests and sketches but we get a feeling for how the show fit into its t

  9. says: David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli REVIEW Dangerously Funny

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â David Bianculli 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

  10. says: REVIEW Dangerously Funny David Bianculli â 8 CHARACTERS (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli

    (Dangerously Funny) [PDF KINDLE] Ö David Bianculli 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 blast from the past I remember watching their show as a kid but had forgotten that I picked up most of my teenage musical preferences from them

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