November 27th, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Think about it some more, Sid

Kristy was just watching something on public television about variety shows, and they had Sid Caesar blaming the ‘demise’ of the variety show on the TV remote control ruining the timing.

Oh, come on, Sid, you’re just being crankily nostalgic. The variety show never went away; it became more daring and moved to a later time slot, at least on NBC, and then Fox put it back into the traditional slot. The Simpsons was spun off of a variety show, for heaven’s sake!

We just call it by the more general term ‘sketch comedy’, to indicate that neither Andy Williams nor Robert Goulet is going to sing some Broadway number that we got sick of hearing 30 years ago.