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Kliph Nesteroff Presents "a portal into a previously unseen world" - The Guardian "Invaluable" - The Onion AV Club "Important" - John Hodgman, The Daily Show



Updated: 2017-11-23T05:21:14.465-08:00

 



ABC Comedy News starring Fannie Flagg, Andrew Duncan, Kenneth Mars, Mort Sahl, Bob & Ray, Dick Gregory, Peter Schickele, and Joan Rivers (1973)

2017-10-10T05:29:56.796-07:00

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This is CNN

2017-07-24T11:55:23.806-07:00








The Mike Warnke Story: A Viceland Outtake

2017-07-11T02:42:34.963-07:00

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Marc Maron presents Kliph Nesteroff's Classic Showbiz

2017-06-22T12:08:26.603-07:00

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Funny How with Kliph Nesteroff

2017-06-20T17:56:43.100-07:00

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Here Come the Stars (1968)

2017-04-22T18:36:02.515-07:00

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The Phyllis Diller Show (1967)

2017-04-22T17:43:13.501-07:00

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Camp Runamuck (1965)

2017-03-14T21:57:50.449-07:00

You may notice that Camp Runamuck takes place at the Andy Griffith fishing hole. 
 
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The Joey Bishop Show with guests Bobby Goldsboro, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Jackie Kahane (1968)

2017-03-12T10:30:09.949-07:00

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Danny Thomas Presents The Wonderful World of Burlesque featuring Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis and Shirley Jones (1965)

2017-02-23T05:10:38.961-08:00

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Illeana Douglas talks with Kliph Nesteroff

2017-02-17T23:57:58.086-08:00

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You might dig this free wheeling conversation on comedy, literature and more. I show up at the 14 minute mark.



The Joe Franklin Show with guests David Frye and Jay Leno (1982)

2017-02-17T17:46:38.198-08:00

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The Mike Douglas Show with guests Buddy Rich, George Kirby and Freddie Prinze (1974)

2017-02-15T00:00:11.869-08:00

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The Mike Douglas Show with guests Wayne Newton, Dave Barry, Dorothy Lamour and Bobby Vinton (1972)

2017-02-14T00:00:07.434-08:00

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The Mike Douglas Show with guests Jim Henson, Jerry Lester, Marty Allen, Charlie Manna and Florence Henderson (1966)

2017-02-12T18:48:00.630-08:00

A week's worth of full-length episodes from 1966.

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Late Night with David Letterman with guest Irwin Corey (1983)

2017-02-07T18:14:02.595-08:00

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Thursdays at 7pm Pacicif/10pm Eastern on CNN

2017-02-07T18:13:33.445-08:00




Jerry Lewis interviewed at the Fontainebleau Hotel (1957)

2017-02-05T10:38:30.346-08:00

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The Paul Lynde Show with guest Jodie Foster (1972)

2017-01-03T18:28:33.725-08:00

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Firing Line with guest Groucho Marx (1967)

2016-12-23T17:56:56.555-08:00

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The Steve Allen Christmas Show featuring Bill Dana, The Smothers Brothers and Buck Henry (1961)

2016-12-20T16:44:52.549-08:00

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And Tim Conway before he changed his name from Tom to Tim.



Keefe Brasselle, Jim Aubrey and How the Mafia Seized Control of CBS Primetime

2016-12-01T02:46:29.862-08:00





I have composed a brand new article, but here's the rub. It's only available in exchange for a private donation. So click the top right yellow donate button.You can contribute any amount and I'll provide you with a copy of this 8000 word piece which took two years to research and four months to write. If you're on your mobile phone, scroll down and click "web version" and then you'll see the yellow donate button in the top right.


The story is that of Keefe Brasselle, a lousy nightclub singer with connections to the Mob. The one-time star of The Eddie Cantor Story knew how to cozy up to power and it paid off. He was close with the head of CBS Television, Jim Aubrey. When Aubrey got in trouble with the Mob, Brasselle saved his life. In exchange, Brasselle received three separate television series on CBS primetime in the fall of 1964. Along the way Brasselle was sued, shot at, wrote a tell-all book and had his nightclub burned to the ground. He was arrested for attempted murder when he tried to kill a sitcom writer in the early 1970s - and that's only scratching the surface! There's a lot to this story and it's all yours today for a private donation. Hit the yellow donate button in the top right corner to receive a copy and thanks for your continued support.



NOW AVAILABLE! Kliph Nesteroff's New Article! Wall of Sound to Huckleberry Hound: The Weird History of Hanna Barbera Records

2016-12-01T02:47:03.869-08:00

Suggested donation of five dollars or more will get you this brand new five thousand word article! Paypal to kliphnesteroff@gmail.com - It comes with a 30-track playlist. Here's the opening passage: Motown through psychedlia, girl groups through garage rock - pop music in 1966 was at a junction of genres. While the record industry was booming, Hanna Barbera was doing the same with television programs like The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show and Jonny Quest. That these cartoon characters frequently appeared on vinyl for the purpose of cross promotion was no surprise. What was not foreseen was that Hanna Barbera would release some of the wildest psychedelic rock, smoothest soul music and heaviest garage sounds ever recorded. Hanna Barbera Records was essentially responsible for Bread, The Humans and Three Dog Night. They were connected to Harry Nilsson, David Bowie and T-Rex. It was Hanna Barbera Records that introduced the world to Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. Other famous names involved with HBR included Kim Fowley, Danny Hutton and Phil Spector. Hanna Barbera Records lasted only two years, but in that brief time they gave major stars their start. They also angered one employee so much that he spent the rest of his life touring the country with sermons about “the evils of rock n’ roll.” Between 1965 and 1967 the cartoon assembly line released some of pop music’s most interesting recordings. Behind the scenes it was an onslaught of drugs, lawsuits, and suicides. Hanna Barbera’s A&R man called it “a failed experiment.”[...]



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2016-11-15T00:04:11.830-08:00





Jackie Kannon's Rat Fink Room - An Art Installation.

2016-10-24T13:25:30.366-07:00


Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger Poppin' Daddies... if you happen to be in Manhattan, come check out this incredible art installation - a recreation of Jackie Kannon's Rat Fink Room, the proto-comedy club of the mid 1960s bankrolled by mobster Morris Levy. I wrote about this venue years ago for WFMU and that article is now the basis for this real-life recreation. Details here.