The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 1968 on NBC

Episode Recap

The Pearce Sisters sing "Tiger Rag" and "Take the 'A' Train", and are joined by Phyllis on saxophone for "Days of Wine and Roses".

Johnny Carson welcomes Phyllis to NBC by presenting her with gifts from other network stars including a hand-knitted corrective body stocking from Barbara Eden and a Walter Cronkite dart board from Huntley/Brinkley. Carson does a stand-up routine as a caterer who's been hired for the wedding reception of President Johnson's daughter.

Sonny and Cher perform "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and join Phyllis for a take-off on concert halls called "Back to Bach".

In a flashback to the Diller home, Paul of Pasadena (Phyllis' hairdresser) and Phyllis are visited by Mrs. Stone of the welfare department who's checking on the working conditions of the Pearce Sisters.

Dan Rowan and Dick Martin join Phyllis in an ad-libbed segment called the "talk spot"

In the closing production that salutes forgotten individuals, the 11th president James K. Polk is saluted. Featured is the new dance: the "James Knox Polka".
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