Vol 5: A Really Big Show The Colgate Comedy Hour featured a rotating array of hosts, and among the most popular were Abbott and Costello and Martin ad Lewis. First up, Abbott and Costello star and perform some classic routines. Next, Martin and Lewis parody Ed Sullivan's Toast Of The Town, with Jerry Lewis's devastatingly funny impersonation of Sullivan. (Sullivan's show just happened to air at the same time as The Colgate Comedy Hour.) Watch for audience cameos by Jimmy Durante, George Raft, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, as a befuddled Dean Martin impersonates Cary Grant, Groucho Marx and Clark Gable. In the early days The Colgate Comedy Hour was the clear ratings winner over Toast of the Town. But as the Sullivan audience grew in the mid-'50s, Colgate pulled its sponsorship from the Comedy Hour. The show briefly carried on as The NBC Comedy Hour but was off the air by 1956, the same year that Martin and Lewis split up. The Ed Sullivan Show would continue until 1971.
The Shows Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott and Costello featuring Vera Zorina, 4th May 1952 Colgate Comedy Hour with Martin and Lewis feat Ed Sullivan parody, 8th May 1955 The Golden Age of Comedy chronicles the early days of live American television, a time when a wildly creative group of comedic talents resurrected a dying art form - vaudeville. In the late 1940's and throughout the 50's, the variety show format became a television fixture and the comedians who had honed their craft on the vaudeville stage became TV's first super-stars. But instead of a theatre with an audience of a thousand people, they now played to millions in living rooms across the country and later, internationally. And it was all done live! Time Life brings you classic original recordings of the very best and most memorable gags and routines from the greatest stars of the generation. The Golden Age of Comedy series features Bob Hope, Phil Silvers, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, Abbott and Costello, Jack Benny, The Three Stooges and many more. Due to the age and nature of the film and video elements, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and sound quality. Whenever possible, we have sought out and restored the original materials to ensure the best possible quality.