The Mike Douglas Show

Season 8 Episode 1

Week of September 9, 1968

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Week of September 9, 1968
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Mike's co-host this week is singer Gordon MacRae (Week of 09Sep68-13Sep1968); guests are singer Nancy Wilson, comedian Dick Shawn, Bossa Nova composer Joao Gilberto and author Ferdinand Lundberg.

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      • One of the favorite guests of Mike Douglas during his entire run was the wonderfully inventive comedian, Dick Shawn. Dick was not only a guest host for an entire week in the early 60's (during the great days of black and white videotape television)and, again in the 70's but made frequent appearances whether or not he was promoting something. He appeared singing with Mike, making food with guests, teaching comedy to Julius La Rosa, talking football with Joey Heatherton (who was married to a pro ball player at the time), speaking his mind on child discipline, fashion, weight, performers in general, shared time with the likes of Mel Torme, Minnie Pearl, Rex Reed, Mickey Rooney, among others and most importantly he performed brilliant stand up routines for the audience. His performances often included musical routines such as, "Hello Everybody"; a tribute to the down front performers (which is one of the best "in one" spots a comedian ever did in front of a live audience - Douglas nearly falls out of his chair watching it and the band is in stiches too), "Without Hair"; a song and comedy bit about a man who lost his hair (something Shawn never had to worry about), "You-oo-oo"; a chant for relaxation he heard from the birds which he gets the audience to do and, in a classic turn from 1968, he came on to promote his performance in the Mel Brooks film, "The Producers" and sang "Love Power", the song he performs in the film. During one appearance, Mike and Dick performed an actual comedy bit about the Peace Talks. Two leaders can't agree on the shape of the peace table, constantly changing it because each leader favors another kind of table. Interesting or not, it was perhaps, the strangest routine ever performed on the show, it is no small wonder that Mike never did a comedy bit like it ever again. Mike would often introduce Shawn by saying that he was extremely talented and unpredictable,"...we never know what he's going to do". Often, he would go into the audience and interact with them. This is key to a performer who really wants to bond closer with a crowd. He would poke fun of the times he was living in. Routines about products the famous ball players use to entice consumers into buying with the hope of turning them into the same bear of a man like Joe Namath went over very well. He also talked about the time he accidentally hit a lady in the back of the head with a golf ball during a Bing Crosby Golf Pro Am. He also talked about his short career in baseball as well as how in got into show business. Sadly, these shows are stored away in a vault and, unfortunately, are in danger of vanishing because of the lack of preservation being accorded them. The John Lennon shows have been preserved and can bee seen on DVD but there are so many years of shows with wonderful performers that need to be preserved. One day, it will be to late. With some hope, maybe they will bring more shows out like they have done with Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson.

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