Sunday morning comedy

I’ve had a really long week (haven’t we all?) so I’m feeling like taking some time today to downshift and decompress.

One of my favorite means of relaxation is comedy. I am a huge fan of “classic” comedy, the kinds of things I remember seeing on television as a kid during the 1970’s. Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, George Burns, and numerous other comedians from the golden ages of radio and television were still active in those days, and for some reason I always preferred their work to that of contemporary comedians. I also relished the work of great impressionists like Will Jordan, Frank Gorshin, and Rich Little.

So here is a mash-up of some classic, perhaps politically incorrect, humor from the golden age of television …

Johnny Carson and Jack Webb: The Copper Clapper Caper

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks

Tim Conway and Harvey Corman: The Dentist’s Office

Jack Benny guest stars on “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx

If you don’t know much about Jack Benny, the only thing that he guarded more closely than his money was his true age. He was always “thirty nine.” But when faced with a dilemma between his age and his money … well, obviously Groucho had a lot of fun on this show.

Finally, if you’re going to roast a politician, this is how you do it: Don Rickles roasts Gov. Ronald Reagan:

(Bonus points to anyone who can name all the celebrities visible at the table.)

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