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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 23

Last Updated 06-08-2018

🎭💻Greg Bendon -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.1/23/1968 N.S.
Comedian, Commercial Actor, Internet Video Actor

🎨🎭🎵David Firth -- is 35 in the year 2018 and 36 in the year 2019; b.1/23/1983 N.S.
Animator, Artist, Filmmaker, Musician, English
TV Shows: Salad Fingers, Burnt Face Man

🎭Patrick Kerr -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.1/23/1956
TV Shows: Frasier (as Noel Shempsky)
Movie Titles: Domino, George Lucas in Love, Jeffrey

🎭🎵Jerry (Musician) Lawson -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.1/23/1944
Producer, Arranger, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Persuasions

🎭Danny Arnold -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1925 d.8/19/1995 (70)
TV Producer
Names/Places: RN:Arnold Rothman
TV Shows: Barney Miller

🎭Florence Halop -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1923 d.7/15/1986 (63)
TV Actress
Names/Places: Billy's sister
TV Shows: Meet Millie (as Mama Bronson), St. Elsewhere (as Mrs. Hufnagel), Night Court (as Florence Kleiner)

🎭🎵Ernie Kovacs -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1919 d.1/13/1962 (42)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Variety Show Host, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Trenton, NJ; Edie Adams' hubby; d. in a car crash in West Los Angeles
Misc: Unconventional veteran TV innovator; 1950-60s TV variety shows; some say born January 19; always 10-5/8 years ahead of his time
TV Shows: The Ernie Kovacs Show

🎨George McManus -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1884 d.10/22/1954 (70)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Maggie & Jiggs, Bringing Up Father

🎭Franklin Pangborn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1889 d.7/20/1958 (69)
Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian

🎭Bob Steele -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/23/1906 d.12/21/1988 (82)
TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: RN:Robert North Bradbury Jr.
Misc: 1930-40s cowboy star (in 400 films in 50 years)
TV Shows: F Troop (as Trooper Duffy)

🎵Richard Berry -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/11/1935 d.1/23/1997 (61)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Pop Singer
Song Titles: Louie Louie (composer)

⛪🎭🏆🎾Johnny Carson -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/23/1925 d.1/23/2005 (79)
Hall of Famer, Protestant, Comedian, TV Talk Show Host, Producer, Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Corning, IA
TV Shows: Who Do You Trust, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (host 1962-92)

🎵Billy Horton -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/25/1929 d.1/23/1995 N.S. (65)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Silhouettes (lead singer)
Song Titles: Get a Job

✍📰🎭Bob Keeshan -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/27/1927 d.1/23/2004 (76)
Hall of Famer, Author, Commentator, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in Lynbrook, NY
TV Shows: Howdy Doody Show (as Clarabell the Clown), Tinker's Workshop, Captain Kangaroo (star), The Stupids (as Mr. Sender)

🎭🏆Jack LaLanne -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/26/1914 d.1/23/2011 (96)
TV Host, Body Builder, Exerciser
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco
TV Shows: Jack LaLanne (1960s-70s)

🎭Jack Oakie -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/12/1903 d.1/23/1978 (74)
Movie/Stage Actor, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RN:Louis Delaney Offield
Misc: some say b. 1893

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🎖⚖💰John Hancock -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.1/12/1736 J-LD or 1/23/1737 N.S. or 1/12/1737 Ju-1 d.10/8/1793 N.S. (56)
Revolutionary, Statesman, Merchant
Names/Places: b. in Braintree, MA
Misc: the first signer of The Declaration of Independence; the most prominent of the signers

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In 1919, comedian Ernie Kovacs was born in Trenton, New Jersey. A zany, creative TV comic, he brought his offbeat, cigar-smoking personality to films in the late 1950s, with roles in such productions as “Operation Mad Ball,” “Bell, Book and Candle,” “It Happened to Jane,” “Our Man in Havana,” “Strangers When We Meet,” “North to Alaska,” “Pepe,” “Wake Me When Itʹs Over,” “Five Golden Hours” and “Sail A Crooked Ship.” Before “Monty Python,” or “Saturday Night Live,” there was “Ernie in Kovacsland.” From pioneering the teaser opening and blackouts to “breaking the fourth wall,” Kovacs did it first, faster and funnier. David Letterman screened some of Kovacsʹ groundbreaking shows for inspiration in developing his program. He was married to actress Edie Adams at the time of his death, which occurred when Kovacs was involved in a single-car accident in West Los Angeles on January 13, 1962.

In 1937, in an article published in Literary Digest, Edgar Bergen mentioned that he made his dummy pal, Charlie McCarthy, the beneficiary of a $10,000 trust fund to keep him in serviceable condition and repair.

In 1945, it was 1:23:45 on January 23, 1945.

In 1948, The Goofy film, “Theyʹre Off” is released.

In 1948, “Iʹm My Own Grampaw” by Guy Lombardo entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1957, The “Disneyland” TV show features “Our Friend the Atom”.

In 1965, Gilliganʹs Island episode #17. “Little Island, Big Gun”. A mob leader and his henchmen, fleeing from the police, land on the island.

In 1965, R.C., “Downtown” by Petula Clark peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart; it was parodied by Allan Sherman into “Crazy Downtown” and Mrs. Miller into a parody version of “Downtown”.

In 1967, Gilliganʹs Island episode #87. “Loveyʹs Secret Admirer”. Mrs. Howell starts receiving mysterious love notes, and the source remains a mystery until Mr. Howell is caught in the act. Mrs. Howell dreams that she is Cinderella, and Gilligan is her fairy godfather. The Professor rigs up a lie detector using the shipʹs horn and batteries from the radio.

In 1970, in a Brady Bunch episode called “The Undergraduate”, Dodger first baseman Wes Parker makes his acting debut and Gigi Perreau guest stars, Greg appears to be sick but Alice discovers a love note he wrote to a mysterious “Linda.” Mike and Carol attempt to resolve the problem by trying to find out who Linda is.

In 1971, on the cover of TV Guide: “Flip Wilson”. Other Articles: Dark Shadows, Lassie

In 1975, Hal Linden is kindly “Barney Miller,” captain of the wild 12th Precinct on ABC. Also on the police payroll: Abe Vigoda as Fish, Max Gail as Wojo, Gregory Sierra as Chano, Jack Soo as Yemana, Ron Glass as Harris, Ron Carey as Levitt, Steve Landesberg as Dietrich and James Gregory as Inspector Luger. The talented cast made the show a hit for eight seasons (it is still in syndication). There are 170 episodes in the series; making it one of televisionʹs most durable comedies.

In 1976, C.W. McCall performed his novelty hit “Convoy” on NBC-TVʹs Midnight Special.

In 1976, “Donny and Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premiered on ABC-TV. ABC offered more white teeth than previously allowed by FCC regulations with this sketch-filled hour of music and comedy starring the Osmond siblings and assorted other relatives. Marie Osmondʹs excessive cuteness gave One Day at a Timeʹs Valerie Bertinelli over on CBS a run for the money!

In 1977, Pink Floydʹs “Animals” LP was released.

In 1977, “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour”, TV Variety, debut on ABC. Not only did it premiere one year and a week to the anniversary “Donny and Marie” did, it was virtually cloned after it!

In 1978, filming began for the five-episode pilot for the “Dallas” series.

In 1983, A weekly thrill ride of “Mad Max”-style action! One of televisionʹs most intellectual, sophisticated and classy shows came into American homes this night. It was full of action and drama and starred some guy named, Mr. T., as the not so mild-mannered, Sgt. Bosco B.A. Baracus and George Peppard as John Hannibal Smith. Remember “The A-Team”, the TV Adventure on NBC? Sure you do. It was Must See TV back then? You donʹt believe me? Youʹd better, or Mr. T. will rip your face off, fool!

In 1988, R.C., “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by The California Raisins (Buddy Miles) peaked at #84 on the pop singles chart.

In 1991, “Seinfeld” TV Comedy debut on NBC as a regular series, and the rest is history.

In 1993, on the cover of TV Guide: “Fresh Princeʹs Will Smith”. Other Articles: Northern Exposure, Gloria Estefan

In 1996, “Moesha” TV comedy starring Brandy Norwood debut on the UPN network.

In 1997, “Presidents Of The United States Of America” album by Presidents Of The U.S.A, was certified Multi Platinum 3.00 by the RIAA

In 1997, “Louie Louie” composer Richard Berry died in his sleep at his home in South Central Los Angeles.

In 2000, “Rotten Television” hosted by Johnny Rotten premiered on VH1

In 2004, The enduring situation comedy “Friends” filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience.

In 2005, Johnny Carson, host of TVʹs “Tonight Show” for 30 years and a powerful presence in American entertainment, died of emphysema at age 79.

In 2006, “Moral Orel” began airing on Adult Swim. It aired as a sneak preview on December 13, 2005.

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