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This clip shows the start of late night television. Starting with Broadway Open House, hosted by Morey Amsterdam and Jerry Lester, with the blonde bombshell Dagmar in 1950, late night programming began. In 1954 the Tonight Show debuted with comedian Steve Allen, and then in 1957 the witty Jack Paar took over. Classic comedy clips include Zsa Zsa Gabor, Shirley MacLaine, Johnathan Winters, and Charley Weaver (Cliff Arquette).
Added: 7th April 2008
Posted By: Naomi
What do you think? What did I leave out? This is just a start:
Added: 22nd August 2008
Posted By: Steve
Jack Paar called Jonathan Winters, "pound for pound the funniest man in the world." Accordingly, Paar often booked Winters as a guest on his TV shows. Here is a clip from an April 1964 episode of the Jack Paar Show. Jack simply hands Winters a stick and allows him to improvise a comedy routine.
Added: 8th January 2014
Posted By: Lava1964
Jerry Mathers, the iconic sitcom child from Leave It To Beaver, became the subject of an urban myth in 1969 when it was falsely reported that he had been killed in Vietnam. Mathers served in the Air National Guard but never left the United States. Apparently an American soldier with a similar name had been reported killed in action. Several news agencies wrongly reported that Beaver Cleaver had died in Vietnam. The inaccurate story got even more publicity when Shelley Winters appeared on The Tonight Show. During a chat with Johnny Carson she expressed sadness about Mathers' supposed demise. Tony Dow, who played Wally on Leave It To Beaver, sent flowers and a condolence note to the Mathers family. It took Mathers a few years to convince the public that he was alive and well.
Added: 24th November 2009
Posted By: Lava1964
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