Comedy – 1987 – Special – Showtime At The Apollo – Duke Ellington & Nipsy Russell + Man Tan Moreland

DOG COMMENTARY: The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (formerly 7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (formerly 8th Avenue) in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is a music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers. It’s the home of Showtime at the Apollo….which is a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent, from 1987 to 2008….while encompassing 1,093 episodes….as…

Music – 1980 – The Blues Brothers Live – Something Special Just For You

DOG COMMENTARY: The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band which was founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live….as Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band….respectively in character as lead vocalist “Joliet” Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues.  The band was composed of well-known and respected musicians….and debuted as the musical…

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…

Comedy – 1930 To 1980 – 50 Years Of Comedy At The Movies – Mae West & W C Fields & Burns + Allen

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1979 NBC comedy special with Walter Matthau hosting 50 Years of Comedy in the Movies is wonderful stuff….with tremendous footage of America’s 1st lady of comedy and the silver scree, Mae West….along with her movie sidekick/co-star and comedic legend, W C Fields….with outstanding footage of the legendary comedy team of George Burns and Gracie…

Comedy – 1979 – Special – The Muppets Go To The Movies – With Dudley Moore + Lily Tomlin

DOG COMMENTARY: The Muppets Go To The Movies (or The Muffets Go To The Movies as misspelled by Fozzie Bear) is a 1981 one-hour special that aired on ABC. It was used to help promote The Great Muppet Caper.  With the aid of Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin, Kermit the Frog and the Muppets show spoofs of different movies at the Muppet Theater.  The…

Comedy – 1979 – Bette Midler Doing Sophie Tucker Live In Concert

DOG COMMENTARY:  Since we have several Bette Midler videos in our ImaSportsphile library….I do a lot more writing about about the singer, songwriter, comedian, actress and awesome entertainer known as The Divine Miss M….cuz Bette Midler was one of Bone Daddy favorite entertainers….especially after seeing her live in concert on three different occasions….however, today I am…

Movie – 1978 – Animal House – Starring John Belushi + Tom Hulce + Donald Sutherland

DOG COMMENTARY:   National Lampoon’s Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller…..which stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Stephen Furst, and Donald Sutherland….as the film is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the authority of the dean of Faber College.  The film was produced by Matty Simmons of National Lampoon fame….along with Ivan Reitman for Universal Pictures.…

Comedy – 1977 – SNL Opening – Jimmy Carter + Bert Lance For National Express Credit Cards

DOG ASIDE: OK folks….for those of you who remember…..did it get any better in comedy than Dan Akroyd doing President Jimmy Carter….who we at ImaSportsphile can’t stand for his decision to let politics enter into sports by boycotting the 1980 Moscow Games….cua the worst tics are poli-tics….and John Belushi doing  Bert Lance….the American businessman who served as Director…

Comedy – 1977 – SNL – George Carlin Opening Monologue

DOG ASIDE:  George Carlin stands alone when it comes to using the English language as a source of humor and comedy….as Carlin was also noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects…..as his “seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case of F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation….in which a…