Dangerously Funny, the things i find on NPR

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" by David Bianculli was just added to my must read list after another successful perusing of the NPR website. I am really starting to like the NPR website. I have liked the radio station for years but for some reason it has taken me all this time to read their website.
I used to watch the Smothers Brother with my Mom and Dad. Their show was on the air from 1967 - 1969 and I am not that old so they must have been showing reruns on a station I can't remember. I had no idea at the time that they were reruns but I remember loving to watch the show with my parents. It was funny and I didn't always get the joke which let me know it was for grown-ups and the fact that I didn't get the joke and I was still allowed to watch it made me feel grown-up. I had no idea at the time that they were pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable on television and standing up for the freedom of speech. I was just enjoying the moment.
Now as I read excerpts from Dangerously Funny on the Internet and listen to the story on Fresh Air (also on the NPR website) I want to go back and watch those episodes. I want to experience the Smothers Brothers all over again in a totally different way. This book has reopened a door to a part of my life I had almost forgotten and I haven't even read it yet.

Read the NPR article here along with an excerpt from the book and the audio from Fresh Air.

Currently "Reading":
Book - Critical Mass by Kathleen Henry
E-Book - The Alphabet Challenge by Olga Gardner Galvin
Audio - Latest episode of This American Life

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