Here's Nipsey and the infamous Mantan Moreland in a comedy bit from a 1955 film.
Nipsey appeared on The Hollywood Palace in 1968 when host Sammy Davis. Jr. introduced him as the guy who wrote many of his early jokes.
Finally a bit from Dick Clark Live, a Wednesday night variety hour that lasted a short time in 1978.
A rhyme from Nipsey to start or close your day.
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 9:11am
ON A HAPPIER NOTE
Kevin Butler adds this about an upcoming convention: Also slated to appear at The Friends Of Old Time Radio Convention in Newark this coming October are - Former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr; Frank Buxton the co-host of ABC and Jules Powers' kid's newsmagazine Discovery; Will Hutchins (TV's Sugarfoot and Dagwood Bumstead); Cartoonist Irwin Hasen (the co-creator of the Dondi comic strips); Dick Heatherton, actor/singer/ bandleader/radio & TV announcer and the son of 'The Merry Mailman' Ray Heatherton; Bill Britten, actor/circus clown/kid's TV host & performer (Jolly Gene & His Fun Machine, Time For Fun / The Johnny Jellybean Show, Wonderama, and WPIX TV 11's Bozo The Clown).
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:17am
This is something unusual - a tribute at the first agent to win an Emmy, Norman Brokaw, with a video montage of programs he was responsible for bringing to the screen. Look how gorgeous these titles look.
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 8:00am
DIGGING INTO THE PAST
Speaking of Gleason, here's "The Great One" in an interview for 60 Minutes in 1984.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 8:41am
Kean had worked on the landmark kid's comedy/variety puppet show on NBC TV from the early 1950s until his abrupt departure in 1953. He wrote the scripts that helped to develop and shape the characters on the series. He also wrote many of the show's tunes including "Kowabonga" (based upon a expression that was exclaimed by the program's Native American tribal leader "Chief Thunderthud" played by comic/character actor/mimic/singer and puppeteer Bill Lecornec).
Kean would also collaborate on the creation of a tune with one of the show's regular performers, the late Allen Swift - together they penned "Freddie The Mistreated Teddy Bear." He was dismissed from the show in 1953 and the show's producers Roger Muir and Martin Stone hired freelance scriptwriters to create new stories and songs for the program.
The freelance writers scripts and tunes were unacceptable for the program and Howdy's ratings began to falter until Allen Swift took over as the show's second head comedy writer. (Swift would also be fired from the show in the spring of 1956 and he was replaced by Willie Gilbert and Jack Weinstock as the show's last songwriting/ comedy writing team.)
Kean would go onto other projects including working as a lounge pianist for a Detroit nightclub. I was lucky enough to correspond with Ed Kean back in the 1980s and he was kind to this young, unknown writer.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 8:21am
There are a couple of conventions coming up that will surely please classic TV and old time radio fans. From the press releases:
And then there's this:
Hey kids! What time is it? It's time for the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention! This year's dates are September 23 - 25, 2010
IMPORTANT: If you are planning to stay the night or multiple nights, the hotel sold out of hotel rooms at the convention rate. After a meeting with the hotel staff, they were able to add additional rooms at the discounted convention rate. But they are VERY limited so if you have not booked your room yet, do so now.
This year's celebrity guests include:
PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS
MOVIE ROOM RUNS 24 HOURS A DAY
HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
Sounds like fun, huh?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 6:36am
I'M STILL ON DEADLINE SO A RERUN
Radin, a notorious promoter who cobbled together stars like Milton Berle, Donald O'Connor, Frank Fontaine and Georgie Jessel, poured their drunken carcasses on to a bus, and put on shows in VFW halls and school auditoriums all over the northeast.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 7:40am
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