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What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 22

EPISODE #847

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 29, 1967 on CBS

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    • This was a fun episode, even though the panel did rather poorly this particular evening. They didn't guess that the first pair of twins had anything to do with selling barbells. But who could blame them, due to the fact that the sisters were extremely beautiful. They also had problems with the second contestants who taught oceanography at Annapolis, and they ran out of time with the sisters who were interior decorators. However, they were successful in guessing the Smothers Brothers! - Sargebri (2004)

      The Smothers Brothers were on WML to promote the debut of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," which would be broadcast from 9 PM to 10 PM on Sunday nights. This show was one of the hits of the 1960s. It premiered on February 5, 1967 and went off the air in June 1969. The comedy/variety show not only featured great sketch comedy, but it was also one of the few shows of that era to feature many of the top rock acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield (featuring Stephen Stills and Neil Young) and The Who. However, it wasn't poor ratings that cancelled the show. It was the scathing political and social satire and the brothers' ongoing battle with the censors that proved to be their downfall. One example of this was when folk singer Pete Seeger appeared on the show. Seeger was scheduled to perform the song "Knee Deep in Big Muddy," but the network executives refused to air the song because of its strong anti-war message. Another example was a sketch that was to feature Tommy and guest star Elaine May portraying a couple of network censors. Also, during an appearance by Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick performed while in blackface. The show also was notable for one of the most shocking incidents in rock and roll history. The Who were scheduled to make their American television debut on the show and they were going to end their performance with their usual instrument-smashing finale. During the finale, smoke bombs were also supposed to go off inside drummer Keith Moon's bass drum, but during the rehearsals that afternoon, the band didn't like how the effect went off so they asked one of the technicians to put more of a charge into the drum. However, unknown to the band and the technicians, Moon added even more of a charge to the inside of the drum. The result almost was disastrous for the band. After the band finished performing their classic song "My Generation," they immediately began their instrument-smashing routine. When the smoke charges went off, a huge explosion occurred. The explosion not only caused Pete Townshend's hair to catch fire, but Keith Moon suffered cuts when one of the cymbals from his drum kit hit him in the arm. Also, because of the explosion, along with the years of playing onstage, Townshend began to suffer a severe loss of hearing that still affects him to this day. Also, of note about the show, two young writers that worked on the show would later achieve fame in their own right. One was Rob Reiner, who would later gain fame as Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the classic 1971-1979 sitcom "All in the Family." Reiner would also later become an acclaimed director. The other young writer was Steve Martin, who would become one of the most popular stand-up comics in history, as well as an acclaimed actor. Also, the same year that the show premiered, Tommy acted as one of the celebrity MCs (master of ceremonies) at the Monterey International Pop Festival which took place the weekend of June 15, 16 and 17, 1967. - Sargebri (2004)

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