Buddy Hackett on the “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”

I was a long-time viewer of and a big fan of “The Tonight Show” (back when I could stay awake past 9 PM.) I remember watching Steve Allen’s and Jack Paar’s years, but I particularly liked the show hosted by Johnny Carson. In my opinion, there was never a late-night host that came close to Johnny Carson in doing interviews, interacting with guests, and doing skits with his sidekick Ed McMahon.

According to Wikipedia:

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise that aired on NBC from October 1, 1962, to May 22, 1992.

Buddy Hackett was a frequent guest on the “Tonight Show,” and one of my favorites.

Wikipedia’s article about Hackett includes

Buddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker; August 31, 1924 – June 30, 2003) was an American actor and comedian. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man (1962), Benjy Benjamin in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Tennessee Steinmetz in The Love Bug (1968), and the voice of Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (1989).

That article goes on to say:

Hackett was one of two children born into a Jewish family living in Brooklyn, New York. His mother Anna (née Geller) worked in the garment trades while his father Philip Hacker was a furniture upholsterer and part-time inventor. Hackett grew up across from Public School 103 on 54th Street and 14th Avenue in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and was active in varsity football and drama club at New Utrecht High School. Hackett suffered from Bell’s palsy as a child, the lingering effects of which contributed to his distinctive slurred speech and facial expression.

While still a student, Hackett worked as a “tummler” (Yiddish for “tumult maker”) entertaining guests in the Catskills Borscht Belt resorts. While there, he began performing stand-up comedy in the resort nightclubs as “Butch Hacker.” He appeared first at the Golden Hotel in Hurleyville, New York, claiming later he did not get one single laugh. Following his graduation from high school in 1942, Hackett enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War II for three years in an anti-aircraft battery.

I recently ran across a clip of one of Hackett’s appearances on “YouTube” and here is a link to it. I think you will enjoy it too.

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The Blues Brothers in The Year of Coronavirus

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

As I drove through the Alachua County town of Melrose yesterday, I had to stop and photograph these photos of the Blues Brothers statues along Florida Route 26.

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

Wikipedia describes the act as

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of well-known musicians, and debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, opening the show performing “Hey Bartender”, and later “Soul Man”.

In 1978, the band released their debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues, and opened for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland Arena in San Francisco. They gained further notoriety after spawning a Hollywood comedy film in 1980, The Blues Brothers.

After Belushi’s death in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel film, Blues Brothers 2000.

Here is a photo of the statue I shot in 2017.

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