Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Variety Shows... where are they now?

When I was growing up, there were these great shows with "celebrities" (sometimes pop music stars) doing sketch comedy and music. Here are some examples off the top of my head: Smothers Brothers, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Donnie and Marie, Sonny and Cher, The Mandrell Sisters, and for one glorious summer of prime time - The Hudson Brothers! Believe it or not, one of these guys married Goldie Hawn and fathered Kate Hudson. These "celebrities" would do zany stunts and sing old stand by songs and just generally celebrate Americana! I'm pretty sure it was goofy, and I'm sure that I would make fun of all of it now... but, back then - WOW! I was amazed at their talent.

So, if you could convert a popular band into a variety show, which one would you choose? Although I think the obvious choice is Hanson (corrected from Hansen - thanks, Stephanie), I am going to pick U2 - I think that show could be filled with some hilarious fun. Who would you choose?