One of the all time best variety shows ever to hit television was hosted by someone who was probably more comfortable doing something else.
A vetern newspaper man, Ed Sullivan wasn't a natural when it came to hosting his own television show, but he had an eye for talent and a good feel for what the audience wanted to see. He managed to cram his show full of acts that would appeal to various of his viewers, so no one would be left out.
From acrobats to puppets (the Muppets appeared more than once in their early days) to the hottest rock acts of their time (Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors...), Mr. Sullivan managed to combine them into one hour of entertainment.
Lots of people got their breaks due to Mr. Sullivan and his weekly variety show which defined Sunday night for many years. Sadly, there's nothing like it today.