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The Kopykats

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ABC (ended 1972)

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The Kopykats

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This was part of the ABC Comedy Hour and was a American/British collaboration from the early 1970s. The finest impressionists appeared in comedy skits spoofing movies and TV series - a forerunner to Saturday Night Live's parody skits.

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Himself/Various Characters (1972

Rich Little

Rich Little

Regular Performer

Fred Travalena

Fred Travalena

Regular Performer

George Kirby

George Kirby

Regular Performer

Charlie Callas

Charlie Callas

Regular Performer

Joe Baker

Joe Baker

Regular Performer

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  • A variety/comedy show with the hook that the main attraction was the fact that the performers were (and some considered so to this day) excellent impressionists. They would impersonate classic Hollywood stars, well-known singers and celebrities.moreless

    8.5
    Just mentioning that I recall The Kopykats dates me, also revealing that apparently I enjoyed a show of which no one I know (besides two surviving members of my family and one friend) remembers watching - or that it ever existed. Because there have been no revivals or videos made available I must tax my (self-proclaimed) considerable memory concerning something that at one time was one of my favorite things on TV. Keep in mind I was twelve - The U.S. was bombing Hanoi, the Goodyear Blimp flew for the first time, Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion and Carly Simon went on to win a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.



    Kopykats, therefore, belongs in two categories: found memories from my childhood and specific scenes my mind has played back without prompting from anyone else.



    Strongest musings - Rich Little had the most wide array of impressions (extra good, his Tricky Dicky)...

    Frank Gorshin did somewhat less, but overall, his best were usually the best on the show (Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, for instance)...

    Marilyn Michaels did an out of this world Barbra Streisand...

    Charlie Callas was as wacky as ever...



    Specific moments:

    The first guest star, Steve Lawrence claimed John Garfield was the only celebrity he could impersonate. His entire impression consisted of him saying, "Sure, sure." His "skill" was used to comic effect in a skit, multiple times...

    Orsen welles "hosted" the second show. All I remember was him giving a riveting monologue about a coming darkness that would sweep across the land, only to reveal he was poetically describing nightfall...

    Other guests included Robert Young, Ed Sullivan and Debbie Reynolds...



    There are traces of skits that come to mind, most prominently, Frank Gorshin mimicking Kirk Douglas while performing a takeoff on Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue."



    Some might say, "this is it?" Well I've carried my longing to see these things again for well over thirty years. I can't disregard that the show made such an impression on me. Yeah, yeah - please forgive my intended pun.moreless
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