Before Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show was hosted by several other more short lived celebrities. One I liked very much was Steve Allen. One of his recurring skits always began with a rag on whatever happened to the great poets of antiquity? His thesis was that they had moved on to writing rock and roll lyrics, and then he would pull out some recent hit, I suppose selected for it's absurdity, and read it like a poet in a coffee house with all the poetic pauses and the other oral enhancements one would give to poetry reading.Well, I guess you had to be there. I though it was a hoot. My sister was too young to understand the humor of nonsense, and my mother would just roll her eyes, but my father and I would roll around on the floor laughing until we had tears in our eyes.
I can see that. Steve Allen was an entertainment polymath anyway. That reminds me, I need to see if I can track down his series, Meeting of Minds.
But I was there...............on the floor. Steve Allen one of my favs. the Man On The Street skits were some of my favorites. I think Don Knotts was introduced in one of these. I laughed at him until my belly ached--and both my parents did the same. I also remember the poet in the coffee shop skits, as well. Loved them.
That's where Knotts perfected his 'nervous man' persona. I have seen clips, and they're wonderful. Also, didn't Bill Dana (aka "Jose Jimenez") start off with Allen?
Yeah, it could have been his start. I thought his character was actually funnier than Knotts.