Louis in and was mostly recently produced by the Missouri Western State theatre department. The show ran from February 25th until June 5th Most of the kinescopes of the show were discarded by NBC, and so few copies of the show survive. A theatrical film titled Ten from Your Show of Shows featured ten sketches from the show edited together. Reruns of surviving kinescopes aired on Comedy Central in the early s.
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Thoughts on theater from page to stage. Meanwhile, the writers bicker, talk politics and struggle week after week to produce great television. Photos by Ross Zentner. Zach Thomas Woods fills this role nicely, portraying an earnest, wide-eyed, novice writer who comes into the office early and stays late, trying to impress the rest of the staff so he can earn a permanent spot on the comedy team. Playing the head writer Val, Mohammed N.
ElBsat uses a pronounced Russian accent to great comedic effect. He worries about Sen. His chronically late colleague, Ira Adam Qutaishat , is also the office hypochondriac; he complains about a new malady each day.
Rick Pendzich plays Milt, the insecure writer who talks about taking care of his wife and kids, but keeps a mistress or two on the side and tries hard not to offend his boss. His Marlon Brando-as-Julius Caesar performance while trying out a sketch is inspired. Likewise, his desperation to keep the show on the air is palpable.
Her only funny lines revolve around her enormous and strangely misshapen pregnant belly in the second half of the show. Max Prince is hanging on to his show — and his life — by a thread. On the impressively detailed, sprawling office set by Rick Rasmussen, the actors stay in their assigned seats for much of the show, making the lively group of characters surprisingly static. And for a play about making comedy, the tone of the piece is surprisingly somber, leaning into the alarming politics of McCarthyism and the blacklist, and telegraphing the end of a heady era in showbusiness.
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Nov 03, Matthew Barker rated it really liked it What I liked best was really just the crazy things they did. Theyd do things that I flat out did not expect to happen. Just purely randomness that you dont expect. Thats awesome. The only downside was the language. I dont mind reading cuss words, but I dont prefer it.
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Laughter on the 23rd Floor