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|The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour|
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The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom Smothers (born 1937) and Dick Smothers (born 1939). They were both born on Governor's Island in New York Harbor, where their father was stationed. Their father died during the Second World War in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, and they were raised by their mother in the Los Angeles area.
The brothers attended San Jose State University, and after a brief time in a folk group called the Casual Quintet, the Smothers made their debut as a duo in 1959. They were a popular act in clubs and released several successful record albums.
The brothers' trademark act was performing folk songs (Tommy on acoustic guitar, Dick on string bass), which usually led to fake arguments between the two siblings. Tommy's signature line was, "Mom always liked you best". Tommy (the elder of the two) acted "slow," and Dick acted "superior." In real life Tommy was not slow at all: He handled their business affairs and later gained fame as a yo-yo expert; he starred in his own TV special, The Yo-Yo Man.
In the 1960s, the brothers appeared on numerous television shows as guest artists and hosted two series of their own, the situation comedy The Smothers Brothers Show (1965-1966), in which Tom played an angel come back to earth, and then the variety show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, from 1967 to 1969.
The latter show became increasingly controversial for its references to youth culture, racism, and the Vietnam War, thus getting the comedians into regular conflicts with the network censors. The show also featured a roster of writers and regular performers who would become some of the biggest names in comedy, including Steve Martin, Don Novello, Rob Reiner and Pat Paulsen. CBS abruptly canceled the show on March 9, 1969, leading the brothers to file a successful breach of contract suit against the network. Despite the cancellation, the show went on to win the Emmy Award that year for best writing. The saga of the cancellation of the show is the subject of a 2002 documentary film, Smothered.
The Smothers Brothers had further shows: The Smothers Brothers Show (1975) and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1988-1989) and The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Specials I and II in 1980. They also lent their (uncredited) singing voices to "Tom and Tom, the Brothers Brothers" in In Living Color (1990-1992).
The Smothers Brothers operate the Remick Ridge Vineyards in Sonoma County, California and, as late as 2005, continued to tour.
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|Last Airing||Jan 01, 1970|
|Premiere||January 1, 1967|
|Format/Time||Color / 60 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Alternate Announcer (1967-1970)
Peter Cullen.... Announcer (1967-1970)
Tom Smothers.... Co-Host
Dick Smothers.... Co-Host
Patty Duke.... Herself (2 episodes)
Nancy Sinatra.... Herself (2 episodes)
Bette Davis.... Herself (3 episodes)
Frank Sinatra Jr..... Himself (2 episodes)
Bob Einstein.... Officer Judy (1967-1969)
John Hartford.... Regular Performer (1968-1969)
Spencer Quinn.... Regular Performer (1970)
Sally Struthers.... Regular Performer (1970)
Jennifer Warren.... Regular Performer (1967-1969)
Mason Williams.... Regular Performer (1967-1969)
Leigh French.... Regular Performer (1967-1969)
Pat Paulsen.... Regular Performer
Lorenzo Music.... Regular Performer (as Jerry Music) (1968-1969)
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