For more than half a century, TV hipsters have had a profound effect on American culture. These characters taught many of us the importance of oddball tastes, wardrobe thrifting and (perhaps more importantly) the ever-lasting power of snark.
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I just found this old clip of the Smothers Brothers on the Ed Sullivan Show. Watch how Tommy turns his brother's mistake into - what else? - shtick...
Now that Stewart's not making wisecracks from the back of the classroom, but standing in front of the class, lecturing at the blackboard, is it appropriate? And does it matter?
Ed Sullivan and Carol Burnett have been cited as possible influences on Rosie O'Donnell's new project. But if she really wants variety, Rosie should get a hold of "The Smothers Brothers."
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