Dick Smothers

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About this interview

In their nearly three-hour Archive interview, Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers each individually chronicle their early years and influences. They are then interviewed together regarding their work as the "Smothers Brothers." They speak about their first network series, the short-lived situation comedy The Smothers Brothers Show. They discuss in detail, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the controversy surrounding the series topical material that led to its cancellation by CBS in 1969. The two describe the series comedy sketches, guest stars who appeared and the tempestuous era in which it ran. They also talk about their resurgence as performers and the legacy of their comedy act. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Las Vegas, NV on October 14, 2000.

"The American public hasn’t forgotten the Smother Brothers."

Highlights
Dick Smothers on his brother Tom Smothers and their relationship
07:38
Tom and Dick Smothers on the origin of Tom's "mom always liked you best" catchphrase
01:18
Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers on the difficulties and their subsequent firing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
23:22
The Smothers Brothers on their legacy
01:08
Full Interview

Chapter 1

Full solo interview with Dick Smothers
Dick Smothers on his early family life
12:59
Dick Smothers on his early music education and teaming up with his brother Tom; and his early career aspirations
06:18
Dick Smothers on his brother Tom Smothers and their relationship
07:38

Chapter 2

[START OF JOINT INTERVIEW WITH TOM SMOTHERS] On their first professional work and the evolution of their comedy as part of their performance
09:35
On their first forays into television
02:46
On their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show
06:00
On the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26
On the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14

Chapter 3

On the start of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour and the difficulties of producing a variety show
04:56
On some of the confrontations they had with CBS and unions regarding the material on The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
05:45
On their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Chapter 4

On CBS' cancellation of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour for breach-of-contract
03:23
On some of their censored pieces on The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour, including a guest-starring appearance by Harry Belafonte
05:59
On working with CBS executives; and their eventual firing and subsequent lawsuit
07:21
On their short-lived series The Smothers Brothers Show (1975) and the importance of creative control
06:59
On "Yo-Yo Man" sketches, The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Special, and some of the shows they were involved in after their television series went off the air
04:53

Chapter 5

On the collaborative nature of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
02:25
On their opinion on the power of television and their advice to future television professionals
05:13
On blacklisting and their hiring of Pete Seeger
02:21
On their then-current projects and lifestyles
03:45
On the legacy of the Smothers Brothers
02:22
Shows

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the origin of Tom's "mom always liked you best" catchphrase
01:18
On the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26
Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers the start of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour and the difficulties of producing a variety show
04:56
Tom and Dick Smothers on some of the confrontations they had with CBS and unions regarding the material on The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
05:45
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37
Tom and Dick Smothers on CBS' cancellation of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour for breach-of-contract
03:23
Tom and Dick Smothers on some censored portions of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:12
Tom and Dick Smothers on their relationship with the Johnson administration
02:35
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:13
Tom and Dick Smothers on the collaborative nature of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
02:25

Smothers Brothers Show, The

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show
06:00
Tom and Dick Smothers on their short-lived Smothers Brothers Show
03:50

Steve Allen Show, The (1956-61)

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their early TV appearances
02:46

Tonight Starring Jack Paar aka The Jack Paar Show

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their early TV appearances
02:46
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Tom and Dick Smothers on some of the confrontations they had with CBS and unions regarding the material on The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
05:45
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37
Tom and Dick Smothers on CBS' cancellation of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour for breach-of-contract
03:23
Tom and Dick Smothers on some censored portions of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:12
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:13
Tom and Dick Smothers on the free speech of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
02:09

Characters & Catchphrases

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the origin of Tom's "mom always liked you best" catchphrase
01:18

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03

Hollywood Blacklist

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Tom and Dick Smothers on hiring blacklisted singer Pete Seeger
02:20

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their relationship with the Johnson administration
02:35

Minorities

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Pop Culture

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14

Richard M. Nixon

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Studio and Network Management

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their lawsuit following the firing of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:13

TV Theme Songs

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the origin of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour theme song
02:00

Vietnam War

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37
Genres

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03
Tom and Dick Smothers on how their comedy show transcended the variety format
02:25
People

Steve Allen

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their early TV appearances
02:46

Joan Baez

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:21

Harry Belafonte

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Tom and Dick Smothers on some censored portions of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:12

Glen Campbell

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Michael Dann

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03

Joe Hamilton

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their short-lived Smothers Brothers Show
03:50

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their relationship with the Johnson administration
02:35

Perry Lafferty

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03

Steve Martin

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26

Jack Paar

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their early TV appearances
02:46

William S. Paley

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Pat Paulsen

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Rob Reiner

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the development of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:26

Roseanne

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Tom and Dick Smothers on Roseanne Barr's transition from stage to television work
00:52

Pete Seeger

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Tom and Dick Smothers on hiring blacklisted singer Pete Seeger
02:20

Tom Smothers

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Dick Smothers on his brother Tom Smothers and their relationship
07:38

Aaron Spelling

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show
06:00

David Steinberg

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Tom and Dick Smothers on CBS' cancellation of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour for breach-of-contract
03:23

Danny Thomas

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show
06:00

Mason Williams

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the start of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour and the difficulties of producing a variety show
04:56
Tom and Dick Smothers on their post-TV stage shows and "Yo-Yo Man" character
04:53
Tom and Dick Smothers on the collaborative nature of The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
02:25

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