Sunday, April 16, 2017

Remembering HANS CONRIED...50 years ago

By Steve Crum

A belated birthday note to the late Hans Conried, who was born April 15. The great character actor, mainly comic character actor, is well known for his work on The Danny Thomas Show, Fractured Flickers, his voice work on Jay Ward's animated classics, and various movies and TV shows.

In 1967, I was fortunate to see him live on the Kansas State Teachers College stage (Albert Taylor Hall) in the light comedy, Absence of a Cello. Ruth McDevitt and Florida Friebus (the mom on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) co-starred. He toured with Absence after its Broadway run. What a wonderful, hilarious evening at the theatre.

Conried died of a massive heart attack on Jan. 5, 1982 at the relatively young age of 64.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Long lived the king of insult laughs: DON RICKLES

By Steve Crum

Honoring the memory of 90 year-old Don Rickles, who passed away yesterday, April 6, enjoy this smattering of unique moments in his comedic (and sometimes dramatic--via Run Silent, Run Deep) showbiz career. 

Due to ever increasing "political correctness" (damn, I hate that phrase), insult comedy has died with Rickles. Mr. Warmth made funny insults an art unto himself. 
A familiar scene for Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show fans, this 1968 photo was taken the hilarious time Don Rickles interrupted a shtick featuring Carson and some Japanese young ladies massaging him. Johnny soon pushed Don into a bathtub.

Mr. Warmth interacts with The Beatles at a function in 1964. Well, TWO of The Beatles: Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Don Rickles is probably doing his comedy insult bit with Clark Gable during a break in filming Run Silent, Run Deep (1958). Gable starred, along with Burt Lancaster, and Rickles gave a fine performance in support.

Rickles made the cover of this September 1971 Jimmy Olsen comic book, flanked by a couple of superheroes, including Superman. Rickles is featured within the book as drawn form.

Guest host Frank Sinatra does his best to control Don Rickles during a 1977 The Tonight Show.


Peacefully rest, you hockey puck of hockey pucks. #