Comedy – 1984 – Special – Robin Williams – Understanding The World According To Garp

DOG COMMENTARY: The World According to Garp is John Irving’s fourth novel….which is about a man who was born out of wedlock to a feminist leader…..who grows up to be a writer. The book was published in 1978….and became a bestseller for several years….as it was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 1979….as its first…

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…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – Everything Is Going My Way + I Can’t Stop Loving You

DOG ASIDE:  There are more than a handful of wonderful Ray Charles videos in our music library that we cherish dearly….cuz in our books….there has never been anyone quite like Ray Charles….and we don’t think there ever will be again….for he like Chuck Berry….has been the subject of the only communications from outer space…..when we…

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 – 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 – 1984 – The Fantastic Funnies – Host Loni Anderson

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1984 TV special Those Fantastic Funnies hosted by Loni Anderson is absolutely priceless to us at ImaSportsphile….cuz there is nothing more American than the funnies…..as along with sports, the comic strips are maybe the best of the complex culture and society known as the USA A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in…