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A refreshing reminder that everything new is old again, if you squint hard enough. Decades before Dave, Jay, Stephen and all the Jimmys, Steve Allen was innovating all the bits, talk show tropes and stunts that Americans love to tuck themselves to bed with. Allen was so intimidatingly smart, talented and prolific, and his influence so pervasive that it's hard to even conceive how inventive and fun his Tonight, and all this later variety shows were. Do you enjoy Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets"? Well ...more
A history of the Tonight Show and it's creator Steve Allen. Most of this material I was aware of. Still, it was good to go back to remember more about it's creator and the power the show carried during it's time. Many couldn't understand why Allen left when he did, at the peak of his success. Unfortunately, most of the footage from this show was destroyed when the network was cleaning out their warehouses--something Steve Allen never got over.
Everyone knows how much David Letterman (the good, Late Night NBC Letterman) owes to Steve Allen and his various late night talk shows but I was surprised to learn how much Johnny Carson took (stole) from Allen and who, unlike Letterman and Leno, never really acknowledged his debt.
Relive the early days of television and one who played a pivotal role in its development. What permeates the book other than stories of Steve the inventor and Steve the risk taker is Steve the really kind and helpful man. Wonderfully written and easily readable.
Steve Allen is one of a few men who in my opinion would qualify for the label Renaissance Man in our modern age. The man was funny, witty, highly intelligent, wrote music, books and on and on. Looking forward to this one.