Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Bianculli

Narrated By: Johnny Heller

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2010

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes


Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run-and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup (reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse. It helped launch the careers of such comedy legends as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of the late 1960s.

Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players-as well as more than a decade's worth of original research-Dangerously Funny brings listeners behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship, mind-blowing musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era.

David Bianculli delves deep into this riveting story to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this day.


  • Shelly

    I was born in the 50's and was a teenager when this show was on TV. If you're from my age group or older, I think you'll enjoy this blast from the past and shake your head at some of the censorship and production problems. For younger people, unless you're in the TV or movie business, I'm not sure you'll find it very interesting to read about an era when sexual and political material far less offensive than what's routinely shown in TV commercials today was censored, deleted, or used as an excuse to cancel an otherwise successful and funny TV show.

  • Peggy Stortz

    Dangerously Funny is the intriguing story of the Smothers Brothers who took on CBS censors. Ultimately they lost their show but their groundbreaking comedy with some political undertones changed television forever. This book brought back great memories of some of the most creative and hilarious skits ever performed.

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

by David Bianculli

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