Comedy – 1983 – Special – Steve Martin In The Winds Of Whoopie

DOG ASIDE: Steve Martin’s The Winds of Whoopie was a 1983 one-hour comedy TV special on NBC…which was written and produced by Martin….as the title was a take-off of The Winds of War….which had premiered as a TV miniseries on the same night on ABC….whereas in a 30-second promo spot for Martin’s special …. Orson Welles says: “Why spend 18 hours watching someone…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Eric Idle Asks Did Dinosaurs Build Stonehenge

DOG ASIDE Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer and comedic composer…..and one seriously talented entertainer….who is best know as a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python….as well as a member of the parody rock band The Rutles …. in addition to being the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.   Idle did…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Rodney Dangerfield At His Nightclub – Featuring Aretha Franklin

DOG COMMENTARY: Our Bone Daddy….the original Sportsphile….saw comedian / entertainer Rodney Dangerfield live on three separate occasions…….and he always said that “he was always one joke behind”…..as he describes Dangerfield’s “machine gun like” delivery of one-liners…..with each one being equally funny to the last.. Rodney Dangerfield was comedic genius wrapped in a character actor costume and attitude to…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Bob Hope On The Road To Hollywood – Part 1I

DOG COMMENTARY: Bob Hope was widely praised for his comedic timing….his specialization in the use of one-liners….and his rapid-fire delivery of jokes….and especially with his style of self-deprecating jokes….after first building himself up….then tearing himself down, was unique. Working tirelessly, he performed live hundreds of times per year…..while starring in such early films as The Cat and…

Comedy – 1979 – Special – Red Skelton’s Funny Faces – Guest Marcel Marceau

DOG COMMENTARY: Red Skelton would always have some “mime comedy” segments in most of his television specials……as Red was a really good comedic mime….who developed a great fondness for Marcel Marceau…..as seen in this video herewith….as Skelton and Marceau team up for some absolutely wonderful pieces of comedic mime. Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime most famous for…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Robin Williams – Live At The Great American Music Hall – San Francisco

DOG ASIDE: Since we have multiple Robin Williams videos here at ImaSportsphile….I have written several pieces about the talents and challenges of this incredible entertainer….so, today I am going to give you some history on this uniquely gifted artist.   In late 1963, when Williams was 12….his father was transferred to Detroit….where the family lived in…

Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News

DOG ASIDE: Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily…

Comedy – 1977 – Special – Dan Akroyd + Steve Martin – Two Wild And Crazy Guys – Ping Pong

DOG ASIDE: The comedic talents of Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin were on display throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s on many episodes of Saturday Night Live.….with the skits of Two Wild and Crazy Guys being some of their funniest work….as seen in this video herewith….where the skit is titled “Ping Pong”…..which features SNL icons Jane Curtain and Gilda…

Comedy – 1980 – Special – Albert Brooks – Performing Open Heart Surgery

DOG COMMENTARY: Albert Brooks is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director….who has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987’s Broadcast News….and was widely praised for his performance in the 2011 film Drive….as his voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016)….which along with recurring guest voices for The Simpsons….including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (2007). He…