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Lucy Wins Best Comedy Television Scene on NBC Show – But Books Don’t Say She Was the Best!

If you watched NBC’s program narrated by Bette White on Sunday, September 1 about the 30 funniest moments in television history, you saw that the “I Love Lucy” chocolate factory candy scene was # 1.

You can watch the scene by clicking here.

Yes, that is funny.  I have to admit to you that I didn’t think most of the other 29 scenes on the show were very funny.  There were two exceptions – one was from the “Dick Van Dyke Show” at an auction, and another from “All in the Family,” where Edith stuffs a phone message in her bra.  I guess I just didn’t choose to use my time in the ’70’s and ’80’s watching sitcoms.  And, I still don’t today.

Back to Lucy.  The literature on Lucille Ball is not universally favorable.  While the biographies portray her as talented and driven, we can conclude that she was a flawed person.  (Of course, who isn’t?)  She doesn’t top Marilyn Monroe in the quantity of biographies written about a famous person, but she certainly had plenty.  Click here for a sampling from Amazon.com.  She was particularly “egged” in the tabloids when she disapproved of Patty Duke, at age 23, dating her son, Desi Arnaz, Jr., at age 17.   You can read a quick tracking of her life by clicking here.  Regardless of what people have written, there is no question that she brought great entertainment to millions of Americans for many years.

Did you watch that show on NBC?  Do you have a favorite comedy scene?  Let’s talk about it really soon.

“That’s My Job,” Says Dick Van Dyke – Oh, For Such Clarity!

1964 Disney Mary Poppins: Dick Van Dyke leading fantastical dance sequence on the roof

This is a great, truly wonderful read from The New Yorker:  SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC by Dana Goodyear.  It is about Dick Van Dyke. Go read it right away!

Here’s the way it ends:

On Thanksgiving Day, he appeared at a mission on Skid Row, going from table to table and entertaining the residents while they ate. “I sing and dance,” he said. “That’s my job.”