In case you’re living under a rock, Gary Burghoff of M*A*S*H fame joined Twitter last month. And he gives not one single solitary fuck.
His thing is: drink, tell incredible 70’s story, disparage Alan Alda, repeat.
Last night he told all about the 1976 Battle Of The Network Stars. Every comedian you follow went bananas.
Of course there’s debate over its legitimacy, but I personally don’t find this situation too shocking to be real. And it’s a great account either way.
Check it out if you can handle insults/references like calling someone "a comedy version of Kiki Dee".
My brother gave me this yesterday. He says he was the only bidder for this on Ebay.
For the young and the uncultured old: This is the picture and signatures of Martin Mull and Fred Willard from the 1977 parody talk show Fernwood 2 Night. It is the coolest thing.
Saturday TV Funhouse, a regular segment on Saturday Night Live from 1996 - 2008 created by writer Robert Smigel, really took you out of the show in a wonderful way. Aside from Norm Macdonald’s Weekend Update, it was the most provocative part of SNL. It’s no wonder it was spun off into its own (short-lived) Comedy Central show.
It packed a powerful satirical punch under the absurd, benign guise of Hanna-Barbera cartoons and Rankin/Bass stop motion, sometimes just animating around real found audio to make political but never too preachy statements. Though inconsistent, TV Funhouse has become an alternative comedy classic. I’ve found that the holiday TV Funhouses - featuring writing from Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, and Julie Klausner among others - were really special and I’ve ranked them from “worst” to best.