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The funniest professional comedy shtick contemporary with Joey Bishop was Jerry Lewis' "pretending to have cerebral palsy" routine.

So cut Joey a little slack. :BigGrin3:
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You're really crossing the line here Abdul, Jerry Lewis, funny?
Well it's your thread.

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solely wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:25 pm
You're really crossing the line here Abdul, Jerry Lewis, funny?
Well it's your thread.
To me, no.

By the standards of the time. The past is a foreign country.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:57 pm
Joey Bishop. Almost as unfunny as Seinfeld.
True that. Nobody who makes a living at comedy is as unfunny as Seinfeld, but Bishop is close, probably about as close as Will Ferrell. And Jackie Mason.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:44 pm
The funniest professional comedy shtick contemporary with Joey Bishop was Jerry Lewis' "pretending to have cerebral palsy" routine.

So cut Joey a little slack. :BigGrin3:
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Hey ed!

Remember Buddy Hackett's Chinese waiter routine? That one was considered embarrassingly bad even at the time, though nobody made him stop.

And this one pushed the limit to the point where people complained and got it pulled even back in the early 1960s.

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What do you notice about this 1966 performance?

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:48 pm
What do you notice about this 1966 performance?
The old Nazi was afraid of cooties. :mrgreen:



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About George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazis. Everybody hated them, but no one tried officially to suppress them. Playboy Magazine even sent Alex Haley to interview Rockwell, which exercise in morbid fascination somehow did not result in him gaining followers. And liberal students when he spoke at Stamford University demolished him in the question and answer session that followed.

That is what a secure liberal democracy looks like.

A foreign country indeed. :|
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Interesting article on the origin of the expression "kangaroo court".

http://loweringthebar.net/2019/10/kangaroo-court.html
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Not to forget his contribution to Teller's little toy, the H-Bomb.
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Just to lighten things up, the unheralded comedic genius of Mr. Mickey Rooney

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