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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Bianculli Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly anti-authoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run—and the cultural impact that’s still being felt today.

Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup (reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse. It helped launch the careers of such comedy legends as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of the late 1960s.

Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players—as well as more than a decade’s worth of original research—Dangerously Funny brings listeners behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship, mind-blowing musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era.

David Bianculli delves deep into this riveting story to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this day.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan Sussman | 1/15/2014

    " I was really looking forward to reading (or, in my case, listening) to this book. For the most part, it was an interesting and informative look back at a show that was very funny and a major cultural marker of the late 60s. If you're an old fan of the show or simply want to know what all the hubbub was about (material that was ridiculously mild by today's standards), it's worth pursuing. My only real criticism of the book is that Bianculli chronicles every episode of the show in painful detail. It's thorough, but often too repetitious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 12/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Though sometimes repetitive, the detail, research and interviews that have gone into the book are incredible. As someone who knew very little about The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, I found this quite informative while remaining entertaining. Which, in a nutshell, is what the brothers were going for with their show:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Collins | 12/18/2013

    " One of my favorite shows in my later teen years! The book gives the background to the show and their career at the time. The rumors I remember from those years of the battles with the network were true and then some - but looking back, Tommy (in particular) pushed a lot of network button on purpose! It was a great show and molded, to some degree, my sense of humor for years to come. Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 11/24/2013

    " I remember enjoying the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but I was a kid then. I remember there was some controversy about them, but I was ignorant of most of it. This book revealed a lot about the culture clash in the 1960's and gave me reason to respect and admire the Smothers Brothers for what they went through simply to entertain us and to bring new and socially relevant talent to the broadcast mainstream. So add censorship to the battles between the generations in the 1960's. Good book. "

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