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Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

4 Ratings: 3.8
2009 non-fiction book by David Bianculli

Synopsis A behind-the-scenes look 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 … see full wiki

Genre: Television, Entertainment
Publisher: Touchstone
Date Published: December 1, 2009
2 reviews about Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story...
review by . January 06, 2010
A look back at one of the most controverisal shows in the history of network television.
"CBS wanted established stars from its own network to appear, while Tom was more interested in showcasing and nurturing new talent.  CBS wanted performers to sing their hit songs, while Tom wanted them to sing new songs before they were hits.  For CBS, almost every mention of religion, sex, drugs, politics and war was anathema; for Comedy Hour addressing such topics made the show unique."    page 347  "Dangerously Funny"      …
review by . December 25, 2009
Times sure have changed
From 1967-70, the Smothers Brothers were the hottest thing on TV. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour combined their folk singing and comedy act with musical guests and skits by big stars. The brothers, especially Tom, also included never-before-seen anti-establishment humor that was critical of mainstream sacred cows such as politics, religion, andrace relations.       The CBS network held the show on a tight rein and regularly objected to material that they felt was controversial. …
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