Indulge me for a moment while I share with you three things that I love: subversive comedy. Television. And George Clooney. So much Clooney. Now that you know me well, you’ll understand why I’m so excited about an announcement made recently. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing a film about the Smothers Brothers, based on Bianculli’s book, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.’
Back in the day, the TV series was controversial for its not-so-subtle political statements against the Vietnam War and the general political scene, and was canceled in 1969 – so we can expect a fascinating tale of the rise and fall of a comedy institution. Bianculli is unsurprisingly thrilled about the project, and he took to his website TV Worth Watching to explain his excitement: “First, I’m thrilled on behalf of Tom and Dick, whose story deserves to be told and retold, and whose efforts to inject topicality into scripted TV comedy in the 1960s led very directly to the sort of thing Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher are doing today.”
But who, pray tell, would play the Smothers Brothers? Hard to say, but Bianculli has one idea: Neil Patrick Harris as Tommy Smothers. Sounds like a winner to me. Let’s check out some Smo Bros below, shall we?