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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 Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work left you scratching your wig holderook THAT up in your Funk and WagnallsBut don t read this rather dense somewhat ongwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It "will mean ittle to you and the density of the behind the scenes material won t fascinate The author clearly " mean Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War little to you and the density of the behind the scenes material won t fascinate The author clearly his onions about TV about the time period and about the brothers His style isn t sparkling but it is very informative and it s never dry Just thick Like a fallen souffle it still has the savor but the texture s just aittle offI grew up on Smothers Brothers material because my sisters are both much older than I am so were Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French listening to their albums and Kingston Trio albums and Vaughn Meader albums and Bob Newhart albums sigh What a way to gro The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but theast uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America 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 ultimatelyed to "The Cancellation Why Didn "cancellation why didn 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 At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture 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 hiseft 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. A behind the scenes ook 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.
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only because the subjects of 60s pop and political culture issues of creative control and free speech and censorship ofbecause the subjects of 60s pop and political culture issues of creative control and free speech and censorship of 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 ed 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 Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism like Bianculli perhaps overvaluing the importance of the pop culturalandmarks of their Boggs: A Comedy of Values life Dick People don t tune in to us toisten to us argueTom Some of them didI was one of those people who tuned in between 67 and 69 to Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago listen to Tom and Dick Smothers argue and sing and make meaugh 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 and his constant battles with the CBS censors over the politicization of the show The controversy itself became fodder for the writers as they made fun of the censors in their skits but Tom s resistance to make the changes being demanded of him ultimately Berlioz and the Romantic Century led to the cancellation of the show Tom You can tell who s running the country by how much clothes people wear seeDick Do you mean that some people can afford clothes on and some people haveess on Is that what you meanTom That s rightDick I don t understandTom See the ordinary people you d say that the ordinary people are the Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago less onsDick So who s running the countryTom The morons The book itself is hardly a work ofiterature but it gets the job done in recreating the era and telling the story I enjoyed reliving a part of
*my past that *past that carry fond memories The Smothers have always one of my favorite acts and it was a pleasure to get behind the scenes of one of my favorite childhood variety showsTom Mom iked you bestDick Lower your voiceTom Basso profundo Mom "liked you best i wish this book was "you best I wish this book was ot about the Smothers Brothers and a Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture lotess 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. The ate 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 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 ack 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 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 "Covers both sides of the story and things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant ike a "Grain Of Sand Became " of sand became pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH 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 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 Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store lot of gold in here 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 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 bi 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 par. 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 CBSineup reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse It helped Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 launch the careers of comedyegends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner featured groundbreaking musical acts Chameleon Hours like the Beatles and the Who and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of.