Foster Brooks

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

Anybody out there old enough to remember the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts or the Dean Martin Variety Show? No? How sad.

Dean Martin was one of the great entertainers of the twentieth century. Few singers could even approach the quality of his voice, and he did 264 episodes of his weekly variety show over a ten-year period—all without rehearsing. He would come in without preparation and just react to what was going on. How many performers do you think could pull that off? Yet the show was so good and received so well by the viewing public that it was renewed year after year.

Dean Martin did skits with numerous others throughout the years—other singers, comedians, movie stars. . . . He had some of the biggest names in show business as guests as well as honorees—Bob Hope, John Wayne, Don Rickles, Rich Little. The list goes on and on.

Among all the huge stars he rubbed elbows with, the man who always comes to my mind is a much less-known comedian: Foster Brooks. If you’ve never heard of him, play this trailer to see him at his best.

Foster Brooks always played a drunk, as far as I know. That’s the only role I ever saw him in. But he played it so well, he would crack you up every time. He had the voice down perfectly, but he also had the body language to go with it.

These days, it seems like stand-up comedy is a contest to see who can use the most four-letter words or the grossest descriptions of bodily functions. How much talent does that take. I long for some of the old-fashioned comedians like Don Rickles, Rich Little, Dom DeLuise, Carol Burnett, Victor Borge—but above all the rest, I miss Foster Brooks.

What entertainers from yesterday do you miss?

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David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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6 Responses to Foster Brooks

  1. Ah yes, I remember it well. Thanks for the memories, David!

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  2. Lynn says:

    My favorite current comedian is Tim Hawkins. He is a Christian comedian and he is hilarious! You should google him. I like all of the comedians in your list except Don Rickles. He was always a bit too caustic for my taste.

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  3. Barb Estinson says:

    I couldn’t get the little clip to play, but I remember it. Yes, it was a classic. I loved those comedians too … Carol Burnett best of all.

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