Steve Allen


Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late night television talk show. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his extensive network television career. … The Steve Allen Show. In June 1956, NBC offered Allen a new prime-time, Sunday night variety hour, The Steve Allen Show. NBC’s goal was to dethrone CBS’s top-rated The Ed Sullivan Show. The show included a typical run of star performers, including early television appearances by rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino. Many popular television and film personalities were guest stars, including Bob Hope, Kim Novak, Errol Flynn, Abbott and Costello, Esther Williams, Jerry Lewis, Martha Raye, the Three Stooges, and a host of others. The show’s regulars were Tom Poston, Louis Nye, Bill Dana, Don Knotts, Pat Harrington, Jr., Dayton Allen, and Gabriel Dell. All except film veteran Dell, who had appeared in the Bowery Boys movie series (also known as the Dead End Kids and the East Side Kids), were relatively obscure performers prior to their stints with Allen, and all went on to stardom. The comedians in Allen’s gang often were seen in his ‘Man in the Street’ interviews about some topical subject. Poston would appear as a dullard who could not remember his own name. Nye’s character was an effete advertising executive named Gordon Hathaway, known for greeting the host with ‘Hi ho, Steverino!’ … From 1962 to 1964, Allen recreated The Tonight Show on a new late night show, The Steve Allen Show, which was syndicated by Westinghouse TV. The five-nights-a-week taped show was broadcast from an old vaudeville theater at 1228 North Vine Street in Hollywood that was renamed The Steve Allen Playhouse. The show was marked by the same wild, unpredictable stunts, and comedy skits that often extended across the side street to an all-night food outlet known as the Hollywood Ranch Market, where Allen had a hidden camera spying on unsuspecting shoppers. … He also presented Southern California eccentrics, including health food advocate Gypsy Boots, quirky physics professor Dr. Julius Sumner Miller, wacko comic Professor Irwin Corey, and an early musical performance by Frank Zappa. …”
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YouTube: Steve Allen “Man on the Street”, LAUGHING FIT – 1959, Sellers on STRANGELOVE (including 1964 interview clips), JACK KEROUAC on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW with Steve Allen 1959, Live from Birdland with Count Basie (7/22/56), Frank Zappa Playing music on a Bicycle 1963
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