Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson demonstrates the styles of different piano players.
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.
In 1979, Letterman was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The topic of the evening in this 1:35 bit is Dave's dog.
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.
Mr. Hitchcock shares some stories with Dick Cavett.
Includes a clip from Springtime for Hitler, a fictional play featured in Brooks's The Producers (1968).
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.
Originally aired in 1955 (season 6, episode 4) of the Jack Benny Program, a young Johnny Carson performs as a guest with the host.
Fred Astaire's gravity-defying song and dance from "Royal Wedding."
Steve Martin explains why he used to be funny. Performing at the LA Universal Amphitheatre, apparently this was recorded in 1979.
A fun interaction between the talk show host and a talkative Amazon parrot.
From October, 1976.
The comedian performs a skit where he reviews his telephone messages with Johnny Carson.
From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Orson Welles asks Dick Cavett why talk-show hosts never discuss each other.
Rich Little, widely considered one of the worlds best impressionists, performs.
From the Late Show with David Letterman.
Standard standup fare for the comedian: flying, movies, etc.
When Johnny cuts to commercial, end it.
Bad home videotape job.