History Series / ColgateComedyHour

3rd Apr '17 8:39:42 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* CameraScrew: On several occasions, Jerry Lewis would attempt to speak directly to the camera, except the active camera would switch on him every three seconds, much to his annoyance. ("Which camera is on?")
1st Apr '17 9:17:41 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* TheShowMustGoOn: The January 25, 1953, edition featuring Martin and Lewis ended up being a clip show due to Creator/JerryLewis recuperating from a knee injury he suffered when falling off a scooter -- he did the entire show sitting down.

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** The October 5, 1952 edition only aired live in Los Angeles and a few other west coast stations due to a walkout by NBC engineers in Hollywood causing a three-hour delay. A kinescope of that episode was aired on the full network on October 26 (with the exception of Los Angeles affiliate KNBH, which aired ''The Big Payoff'' instead).
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The January 25, 1953, edition featuring Martin and Lewis ended up being a clip show due to Creator/JerryLewis recuperating from a knee injury he suffered when falling off a scooter -- he did the entire show sitting down.
1st Apr '17 8:31:40 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* BitingTheHandHumor: Jerry Lewis often did jokes at the expanse of the namesake sponsor.
** After coming back from an Ajax commercial, Jerry notices the orchestra forgot to play the Ajax jingle at the end:
--->'''Jerry:''' Oh, we have to have the commercial play-off, that's very important, 'cause Colgate will get mad! Commercial play-off, and...
--->''(Jerry conducts the orchestra to play the Ajax jingle at breakneck speed)''
--->'''Jerry:''' They can't say nothin' now!
** One sketch consisted of nothing but Jerry sitting on a chair in the middle of the stage for a few minutes. He makes a crack about how much money Colgate is wasting on this.
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* MotionlessMakeover: A Martin and Lewis episode featured their musical director Dick Stabile on a sax solo performance of "The Man I Love". During his performance, the comic duo subjects him to one of these; they put a bowler hat on his head, hang an umbrella on his arm, undo his bowtie, hike up his pants and stick an handkerchief in his ear. Stabile, meanwhile, keeps on playing without missing a beat. It was probably done out of revenge, since Stabile doing a number was his way of settling an argument over who would do the next number.
13th Dec '16 5:39:09 AM Tarlonniel
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* TheCameo: An entire episode was spent building up to a 30-second bit by Jack Benny.

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An entire episode was spent building up to a 30-second bit by Jack Benny.
12th Dec '16 7:33:21 PM HigherEdGroupie
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** Another episode had Lewis pull back the stage curtain at one point to reveal frequent guest host Eddie Cantor.
--->'''Jerry:''' ''(to audience)'' Do you see what happens when you aren't working for these people?
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* TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek: As was the standard practice in the era, the show is named after the sponsor and the commercial breaks advertise the sponsor's products: Ajax cleanser, Colgate toothpaste, Fab laundry detergent, Halo shampoo and Palmolive soap.

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As was the standard practice in the era, the show is named after the sponsor and the commercial breaks advertise the sponsor's products: Ajax cleanser, Colgate toothpaste, Fab laundry detergent, Halo shampoo and Palmolive soap.
10th Sep '16 5:23:27 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek: As was the standard practice in the era, the show is named after the sponsor and the commercial breaks advertise the sponsor's products: Ajax cleanser, Colgate toothpaste, Fab laundry detergent, Halo shampoo and Palmolive soap.

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* TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek: As was the standard practice in the era, the show is named after the sponsor and the commercial breaks advertise the sponsor's products: Ajax cleanser, Colgate toothpaste, Fab laundry detergent, Halo shampoo and Palmolive soap.soap.
** Averted with a few episodes during the 1950-1951 season that were sponsored by Frigidaire; those carried the title of ''The Comedy Hour'' instead.
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* {{Revival}}: On November 5, 1967, ''The Dean Martin Show'' (sponsored by Colgate) was preempted for a one-off revival of ''The Colgate Comedy Hour'' with guests including Creator/MelBrooks, Creator/BobNewhart, [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Dan Rowan, Dick Martin]] and others. Notably, none of the performers from the original 1950-1955 run returned. It was intended as a pilot for a new series, which never happened.
10th Sep '16 5:04:38 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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Lasted 5½ years before going off the air due to competition from ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''.

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Lasted 5½ years before going off the air due to competition from ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''. Jim Davidson's Classic TV Info website has [[http://www.classictvinfo.com/ColgateComedyHour/ a very nice episode guide]].
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