Saturday, May 10, 2014

MORTON AND HAYES: A FORGOTTEN TV SHOW ABOUT FORGOTTEN COMEDIANS (UPDATED REPOST)


UPDATE: When this was originally posted last year there was only one episode of this amazing show online.  Since then the entire series has appeared, and our lives are better because of it.

22 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 FINALLY unleashed the entire run of shows on us, so get ready to waste time!

Shyboy


1 comment:

Felm said...

This is cool. Who is keeping it from being released? File with: On the Air.