SMOTHERS AND OTHER STRANGERS

SMOTHERS AND OTHER STRANGERS

You kids with your YouTube and your Hulu may not be able to get your head around this, but way back in the retro-tastic 1960s, there were only three nationwide TV channels: ABC, NBC and CBS. (PBS was there, too, but on an entirely different dial, I assure you.) So when Dick and Tommy Smothers started mucking around with the muckety-mucks on their popular comedy-variety TV program -- lefty satire of racism, Vietnam, the Nixon administration -- the show suffered a quick demise (thanks, network censors!). Author David Bianculli explains it all when he presents and signs his behind-the-scenes book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour .
Thu., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2009