The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was the Saturday Night Live of its day—the prime-time variety series, which ran on CBS from 1967-69, combined cutting-edge comedy with ground-breaking music and scathing social commentary to quickly become one of the most influential and top-rated shows on American television. That is, until it was unceremoniously pulled from the air for being too controversial for prime time. Timed to the 50th anniversary of the debut of Tom and Dick Smothers as a comedic duo, and the 40th anniversary of the sudden removal of their show by CBS, comes Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, by veteran television critic David Bianculli. The complete story of the show’s rise and fall has never before been told—until now. (BordersEvents)
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