Comedy – 1978 – Richard Benjamin + Paula Prentiss – Stand Up Routine

DOG ASIDE: Although his actress wife Paula Prentiss became a star by the early 1960’s….it took Richard Benjamin almost fifteen years to establish his screen persona….but the wait was rewarding….when after extensive work in theater as actor and director….along with his participation in the cult TV series He & She in 1967….in which he co-starred with Paula….he won the starring role…

Comedy – 1982 – Skit – Steve Martin Is Mike McMack Defense Lawyer

DOG ASIDE: Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician….who came to public notice in the 1960’s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour….and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.  In the 1970’s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since…

Comedy – 1978 – Ted Knight Stand Up Routine

DOG ASIDE: Ted Knight (December 7, 1923 – August 26, 1986) was an American actor and voice artist well known for playing the comedic roles of Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show….Henry Rush in Too Close for Comfort….and Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack.  His role as the vain and untalented WJM newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show brought Knight widespread recognition…

Comedy – 1978 – Steve Martin Skits – Buying A Used Car + Strangers At The Door

DOG ASIDE: In the mid-1970’s, Steve Martin made frequent appearances as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson…..on The Gong Show Starring Chuck Barris….on HBO’s On Location…. on The Muppet Show….and on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL)…..as SNL‘s audience jumped by a million viewers when he made guest appearances….and he was one of the show’s most successful hosts.  Martin appeared on 27 Saturday Night…

Comedy – 1979 – Crazy Square Dance Caller Dan Aykroyd Calls An Unsuspecting Square Dance

DOG ASIDE: A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers in total) arranged in a square….with one couple on each side facing the middle of the square. Square dances were first documented in 16th-century England…and were also quite common in France and throughout Europe. They came to North America with the European settlers….and have…

Music – 1971 – Michael Jackson At 13 Years Old Sings It Was A Very Good Year

DOG ASIDE: In 1964, Michael Jackson and brother Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers….which was a band formed by their father which included brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine.  In 1965, Michael began sharing lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the group’s name was changed to the Jackson 5. The following year,…

Comedy – 1978 – Skit – Drag Racing Today – With Eric Idle + Dan Aykroyd

DOG ASIDE: Dan Aykroyd’s eccentric talent was recognized by others in the highly competitive SNL environment: when he first presented his famous “Super Bass-O-Matic ’76” sketch….which was a fake T.V. commercial in which a garish, hyper-pitchman touts a food blender that turns an entire bass into liquid pulp….when to other writers and cast members….”the ‘Bass-O-Matic’ was so exhilratingly strange that many…

Comedy – 1978 – Skit – Land Is Scarce Use Your Head – A New Look At The Human Head

DOG ASIDE: Although Dan Aykroyd is only represented in voice in this video….his fingerprints and his mind set is all over this piece of comedic genius….and yes, it is a bit “off the wall”….but that is what made his comedy so unique…..for like much of his work…the audience never really knew if it was supposed to…

Comedy – 1978 – Special – A Minute With Carol Burnett Live With Her Audience

DOG ASIDE: Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer whose career spans seven decades of television…..where she is best known for her groundbreaking television variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS…..which was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. She has achieved success on stage,…