Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tom Jones on the Morecambe & Wise Show

Thank you everyone for the Christmas wishes! I hope Santa was good to all of you.

In an effort to get better acquainted with the British Morecambe & Wise show, I came across this hilarious clip of Tom Jones trying to perform “Exactly Like You” on the duo’s program in the 1970s, and had to share it. I love their smashing dance routine.

As I watched the video for a second time, I wondered a. why we no longer have funny shows such as these today, and b. if today’s TV viewers would find this silly type of non-sexual, very un potty-like humor actually funny. From the comments I read on YouTube, I’m guessing yes. I’ve seen many remarks from people who say they’re in their 20s and 30s who love this stuff. So it behooves me at what point TV lost that magical comedy spark, and why. I suppose when comedians such as Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise and many of our American greats passed away and their shows stopped airing, it was the end of an era. Often I see a glimmer of that silliness in hosts like Ellen DeGeneres, but let’s face it – it just isn’t the same.

Anyways, enjoy the clip:

2 comments:

Dad.. said...

Such a nice post. I too miss variety shows. My parents would rush home from a night on the town so they wouldn't miss Tom Jones old show. They also absolutely loved Dean martin's variety show.

I personally remember Carol Burnett, Donnie and Marie, Shields and Yarnell, Hee-Haw, The Mandrell Sisters, and Dolly Parton. Why oh WHY do people not dig variety shows anymore?

SIGH... I miss the good old days sometimes.

brianalan62 said...

It's unfortunate that people would rather watch reality shows than truly talented people performing.

I think one of the most sickening things about the major broadcasting companies is that we can watch shows on Comedy Central after 10:00PM with foul language, sexual issues and racism (South Park) but Tom & Jerry gets certain episodes pulled for "racist" content. Not to mention the fact that you can't even buy the uncut episodes on DVD which means they are controlling what the American public is allowed to see.

Shouldn't that be our choice?

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