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Last time, I indicated that "Life With Father" was the only sitcom that aired live in the fifties.
I was mistaken.
"Mr. Peepers" aired live.
As did another sitcom that I remember seeing when I was nine years old.
It was called "Stanley", and starred Buddy Hackett in 1956 on NBC.
I recalled it being hilarious then.
I have recently made a new friend, who is a collector of old TV shows, and we have been trading DVDs of very rare episodes of shows.
He just sent me three episodes of "Stanley"
They were at least as funny as I remember them being.
They made 26 of them.
Carol Burnett was Buddy's co-star, playing his girlfriend, Celia.
This was before she made any kind of a splash in show business.
I believe it was her first job.
And she had absolutely all of her shit together then.
Buddy Hackett was a wonderful comic actor.
Just as he was a wonderful standup comic.
Just as he was, as I'm given to understand, a completely miserable human being.
I have never heard anyone say anything nice about him personally.
But that doesn't disturb me, as it did about Danny Kaye.
Buddy Hackett never went out of his way to falsely convince anyone that he was a nice guy.
So it never mattered to me.
And he was hilarious.
As was Carol Burnett.
As was the show.
It was helmed by Max Liebman, who helmed "Your Show of Shows"
Sid Caesar's writers were very much in evidence.
Woody Allen was credited with writing two out of the three episodes I saw.
First rate writing, and first rate performing.
A rare combination.
My newfound friend has told me that he has the entire 26 episodes, and that I will have them soon.
You should all be so lucky.
Mark Rothman, CEO of the OTN.
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- Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."