A couple of years ago when my buddies, Huck and Shrew, separately suggested that Taylor Hicks would be best served in a variety-type TV show, I was somewhat skeptical.
Really? Like the entertainment pablum of my ’60s & ’70s youth? Could our cynical and jaded society grasp and actually appreciate this vintage concept, complete with special guest stars, comical skits and of course, musical performances? I mean, would these really go over with folks today?
Donny & Marie, with guest Milton Berle
Sonny & Cher Show, VAMP
Flip Wilson, with guest Muhammad Ali
Tony Orlando & Dawn
However, after contemplating a bit, I remembered that while those good, old variety hour programs provided slapstick humor and comedic skits, there were also ALOT of great musical performances — like these little gems I came across:
Blowin’ in the Wind, Glen Campbell with special guest, Stevie Wonder
They Call the Wind Mariah, The Smothers Brothers
Then, as if to confirm my suspicions that today’s sophisticated TV viewer has no appetite for good, old variety fare, Rosie O’Donnell’s attempt at variety show resurrection lasted all of 42 seconds.
So, imagine my surprise this morning when I see that one of my favorite artists of today, the one and only, Johnny Boy Mayer will have his own variety show on CBS.
As visionary as I might be on other topics, I just didn’t see this one coming. However, I truly believe that he will be a hit and put Rosie to shame. As it should be…
ROCK ON, JOHN!
John’s got a bit of previous experience, compliments of Dave Chappelle. In, White People Dancing he shows that he can play a great straight man. Can’t wait to see who his special guests will be….