Sunday, January 27, 2013

MORTON AND HAYES: A FORGOTTEN SHOW ABOUT FORGOTTEN COMEDIANS


21 years ago CBS aired a six episode Summer series that was guaranteed to fail.  Who on earth would run a show filmed in black and white that featured "lost" films from a forgotten comedy duo from the 1930s and expect that audiences at the butt end of the 20th century would embrace it?   The rating supported that suspicion, and the television series Morton and Hayes went on to become as forgotten as the comedy duo they cooked up for the show.

Here's the thing about Morton and Hayes:  It was really funny.  It perfectly captured the spirit of the era of comedy it set out to satirize.  Beyond that, it was presented by people like Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Flaherty, and Allison Janney.  The people that put it together really know comedy, and they understood the genre they were tackling.

Morton and Hayes will likely never see a video release, which is unfortunate.  I have a VHS of all six episodes taped from the original broadcast, but that doesn't do you guys any good.  Thankfully youtube has ONE solitary episode available for us.  It's entitled Society Saps, written and directed by Christopher Guest (who also cameos with a song and an appearance at the end of the show).  The quality is TERRIBLE, but it's all that I could find.

So sit back and enjoy Chick Morton and Eddie Hayes in Society Saps!

Shyboy


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