Comedy – 1974 – Special – Steve Martin – The Funnier Side Of Eastern Canada

DOG ASIDE: Steve Martin’s first TV special was this independently produced Canadian travelogue….which was designed to promote tourism in Montreal and Toronto….as it features Steve Martin doing short sketches and describing tourist sites….with stand-up segments were also filmed at the Ice House in Pasadena, California…..for this was pretty early in his career as an on-camera personality….and typical…

Comedy – 1981 – SNL Skit – The Cutest Jesus – Lorraine Newman + Gilda Radner + Paula Prentice

DOG ASIDE: The Not Ready For Prime Time Players of  Saturday Night Live fame back in the 1970’s and 1980’s had three of the great female comedic talents of the period in Gilda Radner, Lorraine Newman and Jane Curtain….and we at ImaSportsphile are fortunate to have literally hundreds of skits showcasing their immense talents….as this particular…

Music – 1980 – Men At Work – Land Down Under

DOG ASIDE: Men at Work was an Australian rock band formed in 1979….who were best known for their 1981 hit “Down Under”…..as seen in this video herewith….as their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals….as he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead guitar….then they were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and John…

Music – 1980 – NBC Special – Garrett Morris Sings Schubert – An Die Musik

DOG ASIDE: Garrett Morris is an American comedian, actor, and singer….who was an original member of The Not Ready For Prime Time Players cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live….while appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a role as Junior “Uncle Junior” King on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show….which aired from 1996–2001….along with a starring role as Earl Washington on the CBS sitcom of 2…

News – 1984 – KVUE Ch 24 Austin Newsbrief – Judy Maggio With New + Troy Kimmel Weather

DOG ASIDE:  KVUE Channel 24 Austin has been the ABC affiliate in Austin for many many years…..and newscaster icon and Austin legend, Judy Maggio, was a lead newscaster at KVUE, KEYE and KLRU news desks for just over 30 years….as she and weatherman Troy Kimmel….whose career also spanned the same 30+ years…..are both Austin icons…

Boxing – 1981 – 10 Round Middleweight Bout – Bobby Czyz Vs Rick Noggle

DOG ASIDE: This 1981 middleweight boxing match between Bobby Czyz verses Rick Noggle took place on June 6, 1981 at the Sun Dome in Tampa Bay, Florida….which was carried on NBC Sportsworld featuring Marv Albert and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco behind the mikes calling the fight.  Czyz would enter the fight at 14 – 0…. while…

Music – 1980 – Austin City Limits – Gail Davies

DOG ASIDE: Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in country music….as se is the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies….who established herself as a successful singer and songwriter during the 1970’s and 1980’s by scoring numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits.  She was one of country…

Comedy – 1985 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News – Part 3

DOG ASIDE:  Not Necessarily the News 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…as it 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 Show, The…

Comedy – 1979 – HBO Special – Blockheads – The Art Of Ventriloquism – Host Mariette Hartley

DOG ASIDE:  Ventriloquism, or ventriloquy, is an act of stagecraft in which a person, a ventriloquist, changes his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere….typically a puppet or “dummy”…..as in the act of ventriloquism is the ability to do so is commonly called the ability to “throw” one’s voice…. while making the dummy appear to be…