Ebook Dangerously Funny download



10 thoughts on “Dangerously Funny

  1. says:

    Clearly written and organized and very informative Bianculli had the advantage of full access to the Smothers Brothers and it shows Any of you remember that Firesign Theatre album title Everything You Know is Wrong? Well I found out this was true of my memory of the whole Comedy Hour controversy I thought the series ended because of the Vietnam War Pete Seeger's Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and pressure from the Johnson White House when i

  2. says:

    Another book in the Read Aloud With the Wife series Pretty interesting account of the brother's career politics and impact on the current generation of entertainers

  3. says:

    If you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know it was on a competing show but timeliness w

  4. says:

    Since we inhabit this realm called Good Reads and not say Middling to Fair Reads I am yanked back into reality by that realization David Bianculli's Dangerously Funny is not as it stands an inherently un good read but neither is it particularly scintillating I blazed through it and enjoyed it but only because th

  5. says:

    If you're interested in this sort of thing and you should be this is well told The attempts to force the Nixon connection at the end get strained but there's a lot of gold in here

  6. says:

    The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothers as some kind of conspiracy and some

  7. says:

    Dick People don't tune in to us to listen to us argueTom Some of them didI was one of those people who tuned in between '67 and '69 to listen to Tom and Dick Smothers argue and sing and make me laugh on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour David Bianculli's book Dangerously Funny traces the Brothers' career but spends most of it's pages examining the evolution of Tom's enlightenment as an anti establishment proponent in the

  8. says:

    The author takes advantage of cooperative sources not only the Smothers Brothers and their collaborators but also a few CBS executives to take us behind the scenes of the popular 60s variety show The book occasionally gets caught up in a catalo

  9. says:

    Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand becam

  10. says:

    I wish this book was a lot about the Smothers Brothers and a lot less about their nonstop battles with CBS Nevertheless it was an interesting blast from the past I remember watching their show as a kid but had forgotten that I picked up most of my teenage musical preferences from them

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

free download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ã David Bianculli

Anculli tells the fascinating story of its three year network run and the cultural impact that's still being felt today Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of. The first three uarters of this book rates five stars but the last uarter which should have been omitted turns into a political rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothers as some kind of conspiracy and some kind of right wing conspiracy at that rather than what it was Tommy Smothers self destructiveness spiraling out of control Rather than spending so much time trying to uncover blame elsewhere for the battles that ultimately led to the cancellation why didn t Bianculli try to find out what was really going on with Tommy Smothers at the time since he seemed to have unfettered access to the brothers during the writing of the bookThis book offers no new insight into the story although the story itself is chronicled in interesting and lively detail What it doesn t offer is much perspective from Tommy and what was going through his mind when he pulled some of the stupid stunts he did with CBS He doesn t take Tommy to task at all nor challenge him in any way on his actions Nor does Tommy seem to take any real responsibility for the cancellation Instead its offered up as political censorship ignoring the fact that those who censored and ultimately canceled the show weren t opposed to the brothers politics they simply didn t want to offend the viewers on topics such as religion and sex or to offend anyone personally It was never about the political ideas espousedThe book could have been great if Bianculli had just kept his left wing snarking asides out It wasn t about Democrats versus Republicans as it so often is today It was the younger generation versus the establishment In fact the Democrats of the 1960s were even conservative than the Republicans It was a Democrat Pastore who talked of censoring the brothers and most everyone involved in the censoring and ultimate firing of the brothers were Democrats As is still the case in recent years when government censorship is pursued by Democrats such as Tipper Gore Here s a passage from the book that shows how much Bianculli wanted to uncover a right wing conspiracyFinding a smoking gun connecting Richard Nixon directly to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a task at which I proved unsuccessful but not for lack of effort Doesn t this guy have an editor at Simon Schuster How can someone who spends so much time researching a story ignore the facts he uncovers and come to such idiotic conclusions This is what partisan politics does to a writer Deception Island run and the cultural impact that's still being felt today Before it was suddenly The Family removed from the CBS lineup The First Partition of Poland reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a The Hero of Varay ratings powerhouse It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of. The first three uarters of this book Blackmailed By Daddy rant in which Bianculli offers idiotic opinions and lame brain conclusions Bianculli obviously sees the canceling or firing of The Smothers Brothers as some kind of conspiracy and some kind of उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] right wing conspiracy at that Cock Tales rather than what it was Tommy Smothers self destructiveness spiraling out of control Rather than spending so much time trying to uncover blame elsewhere for the battles that ultimately led to the cancellation why didn t Bianculli try to find out what was Son of the Hero really going on with Tommy Smothers at the time since he seemed to have unfettered access to the brothers during the writing of the bookThis book offers no new insight into the story although the story itself is chronicled in interesting and lively detail What it doesn t offer is much perspective from Tommy and what was going through his mind when he pulled some of the stupid stunts he did with CBS He doesn t take Tommy to task at all nor challenge him in any way on his actions Nor does Tommy seem to take any The Alien Jigsaw real Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning responsibility for the cancellation Instead its offered up as political censorship ignoring the fact that those who censored and ultimately canceled the show weren t opposed to the brothers politics they simply didn t want to offend the viewers on topics such as The Illusion of Gods Presence religion and sex or to offend anyone personally It was never about the political ideas espousedThe book could have been great if Bianculli had just kept his left wing snarking asides out It wasn t about Democrats versus Republicans as it so often is today It was the younger generation versus the establishment In fact the Democrats of the 1960s were even conservative than the Republicans It was a Democrat Pastore who talked of censoring the brothers and most everyone involved in the censoring and ultimate firing of the brothers were Democrats As is still the case in Folk Tales From The Soviet Union recent years when government censorship is pursued by Democrats such as Tipper Gore Here s a passage from the book that shows how much Bianculli wanted to uncover a Not The Hot Chick right wing conspiracyFinding a smoking gun connecting Richard Nixon directly to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a task at which I proved unsuccessful but not for lack of effort Doesn t this guy have an editor at Simon Schuster How can someone who spends so much time Pegged and Plugged at the Club researching a story ignore the facts he uncovers and come to such idiotic conclusions This is what partisan politics does to a writer

characters Dangerously Funny

Dangerously Funny

The late 1960s Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players as well as than a decade's worth of original research Dangerously Funny brings readers behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship mind blowing musical performances and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era David Bianculli delves deep into this riveting story to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this d. Well researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH Tall man riding. research Dangerously Funny brings The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory readers behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship mind blowing musical performances and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era David Bianculli delves deep into this The Big Golden Book of Poetry riveting story to find out what Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, reveal why this show Homewrecker researched detailed backstory on how one of the most inventive and progressive prime time TV shows ever presented got scuttled due to political and censorship issues Covers both sides of the story and puts things in historical perspective to give us the insider scoop on how a show that was an irritant like a grain of sand became a pearl over time An important piece of media history well told BH

free download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ã David Bianculli

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 The Daily Show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no holds barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view In this explosive revealing history of the show veteran entertainment journalist David Bi. If you remember the Smothers Brothers read this book for a tiptoe thru the tulips I know it was on a competing show but timeliness was the aim buried under the neiges d antan If either phrase has left you scratching your wig holder look THAT up in your Funk and WagnallsBut don t read this rather dense somewhat longwinded recap of the three season run of the Smothers Brothers s show It will mean little to you and the density of the behind the scenes material won t fascinate The author clearly knows his onions about TV about the time period and about the brothers His style isn t sparkling but it is very informative and it s never dry Just thick Like a fallen souffle it still has the savor but the texture s just a little offI grew up on Smothers Brothers material because my sisters are both much older than I am so were listening to their albums and Kingston Trio albums and Vaughn Meader albums and Bob Newhart albums sigh What a way to grow up Then along came the Beatles and out went everything elseexcept the Smothers Brothers the eldest sister was a granola and granny gowns girl to the horror of our Balenciaga wearing motherSo along comes the TV show the clean cut young men put on on Sunday night opposite Bonanza which neither of my parents cared diddly about if it had been opposite Gunsmoke I d ve never even heard of it the closing in on 50 mom and closing in on 40 dad tried to be gravy joke on groovy slang of the timesthey were as inept at modern slang as I am and you will be youngsters by watching it with their teens and the cabooseWe all loved it Pat Paulsen was so funny that my arch conservative parents thought he was the highlght of the show with his first time ever done fake run for President My sisters loved Share Tea with Goldie with a flower child making in jokes about drugs that Mama and Daddy didn t get I was in love with Mason Williams of Classical Gas fame Still one of my very favorite pieces of pop music up there with In Your Eyes and Solsbury Hill by Peter GabrielNo one used dirty words No one was than mildly salacious to my father s disgruntlement But everyone was ethically opposed to the Vietnam war and my mother s nephew was a Navy pilot at risk plus she d lost someone close in the Ia Drang battle never discussed in detail uite mysterious so we as a family were opposed to the unwinnable war Dad s name for itHard to imagine now in this fractured entertainment landscape but the Smothers Brothers drew 35% THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of the TV viewing audienceand got canceled If someone drew a 35% share today the network execs would offer their grandchildren as slaves and their houses as rewards to the people who delivered such monster ratings Then wellthat was just ordinary What wasn t ordinary was the men delivering the ratings were young and idealistic and ready to talk about things that were taboo eg religious hypocrisy racial politics without hesitation The people who watched the Smothers Brothers were mostly young mostly rich mostly well educated and almost always all three What an audienceAnd they got canceledEven my arch conservative parents thought that was stupid Can t stop people thinkin and best not to try said Mama What s the use of a Constitution if you can only agree with powerful people asked DadYeah That s what I m sayin after reading this book They didn t back down from any fight and they lost the warbut damn it s hard not to admire their spirit Tommy though comes across as a self righteous little pisher and Dickie as a self absorbed bore But hey they fought a good fight and today s TV landscape looks the way it does in good part because of these guys and their irritating waysSomeone give them a show uick They re still alive but who knows for how long