Remember the heydey of the “Variety Show”? There were tons of them:
The Flip WIlson Show
The Dean Martin Show
The Frank Sinatra Show
The Red Skelton Show
Sonny and Cher
Donnie and Marie
The Captain and Tenille
The Liberace Show
The Johnny Cash Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Basically, these were just Vegas shows on TV. A celerity with talent would come out, exhibit some of that talent, do some comedy skits with a guest star or two, maybe have a musical guest to sing a duet with or something, and then the show would end.
What was the last one on the air? I seem to recall the Barenaked Ladies tried one a couple of years ago, but I never saw it. What was the last really successful one? I’m thinking maybe Carol Burnett.
What was your favorite? I used to enjoy the Carol Burnett show. Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were consistently funny. For some reason, I used to really like Dean Martin’s show, but I was really young then. I really enjoyed his celebrity roast shows.
Can they make a comeback? Are there any stars you can think of today that could anchor a really good variety show?