Tonight's “Holiday Salute to Danny Kaye” brings together people from the legendary physical comic's life — Danny Kaye Show choreographer Tony Charmoli; his daughter, Dena Kaye; producer George Schlatter, possibly Carl Reiner and others — to discuss the sextuple threat (actor, dancer, gourmand, humanitarian and conductor) who's well-overdue for a revival in this age of retro and retrospection. Not only did he star in White Christmas — a film that sits squarely in the pantheon of holiday traditions on par with Capra and Linus — but the recent timely DVD release of Christmas With Danny Kaye showcases the holiday episodes of his Emmy-winning variety series The Danny Kaye Show (CBS, 1963-67). Rare clips and reminisces abound in this celebration of a man who played everyone from Walter Mitty to Hans Christian Andersen to a court jester. He was also UNICEF'S first Goodwill Ambassador in 1954 — goodwill being a quality that remains underrated in this era of Holy Land bombings and Black Fridays. Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Dr.; Beverly Hills; Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., $5 & $10. (310) 786-1000, paleycenter.org
Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., 2012
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