Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman Together

Guest host Steve Martin gets a rare interview with Andy Kaufman as himself, talking about the origins of his characters.

From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1978.


Monty Python: Dead Parrot Sketch

The Dead Parrot sketch performed on Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969

The Dead Parrot sketch, alternatively and originally known as the Pet Shop sketch or Parrot Sketch, is a popular sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, one of the most famous in the history of British television comedy. It was written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman and first performed in the eighth episode of the show's first series ("Full Frontal Nudity", 7 December 1969).

It portrays a conflict between disgruntled customer Mr Praline (played by Cleese) and a shopkeeper (Michael Palin), who hold contradictory positions on the vital state of a "Norwegian Blue" parrot (an apparent absurdity in itself since parrots are popularly presumed to be tropical and not indigenous to Scandinavia, or perhaps a riff on the African Grey parrot, or both).

The sketch pokes fun at the many euphemisms for death used in English culture. In this it bears some resemblance to Mark Twain's earlier short story Nevada Funeral.

The "Dead Parrot" sketch was inspired by a "Car Salesman" sketch that Palin and Graham Chapman had done in How to Irritate People. In it, Palin played a car salesman who refused to admit that there was anything wrong with his customer's (Chapman) car, even as it fell apart in front of him. That sketch was based on an actual incident between Palin and a car salesman.

Over the years, Cleese and Palin have done many versions of the "Dead Parrot" sketch for various television shows, record albums, and live performances.


Smothers Brothers: Steve Martin Performs Magic

A Young Steve Martin Performs Magic on the Smothers Brothers Show

Steve Martin so young that his hairs not grey. Dont believe it? Believe it. Martin became a writer for The Smothers Brothers Show at the age of 21, and he was part of their Emmy for best TV comedy writing in 1969 on a staff that also included Rob Reiner. He learned his magic chops by working at the Main Street Magic store in Disneyland.

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Jerry Seinfeld on the Tonight Show

Standard standup fare for the comedian: flying, movies, etc.

Amusing stuff.

From 1988.

When Johnny cuts to commercial, end it.

Bad home videotape job.