OT: Comedians and Critters
Yes, I know that’s a strange title. Got your attention though, didn’t it?
Most of us “of a certain age” remember the comedy duo The Smothers Brothers. Actual brothers (Tom and Dick), they are still with us (both in their 70s), but are best known for a variety show they had in the 1960s. This show ended up being canceled by CBS for being too political/controversial.
Last week, my stepmother sent me a link to a recent appearance they made on the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I watched it and laughed out loud; they’re still funny, and they don’t even have to be dirty. If you’d like to see the clip, it’s here.
Anyway, I was so tickled, I tweeted about them on Friday. I was surprised at how many responses I got: “They’re brilliant!” “I grew up watching them,” etc. But imagine my shock when I logged onto Twitter on Saturday and saw that my tweet had been favorited, retweeted, and responded to… by Dick Smothers.
“Hello, this is the original Dickie Smothers. Good to hear that you still like our stuff!”
Then he tweeted, “I am not done yet! Tommy retired; I didn’t.”
And of course, then the tweet of mine that he retweeted was further retweeted, and so on. I had a long string of responses and gained some new followers. But I still can’t believe one of the Smothers Brothers tweeted back to me. (Between y’all and me, though, Dick needs Tommy. Dick was the straight guy, and Tommy was the one with all the funny lines.)
I know they knew my father way back when (they appeared on one of the shows he wrote for), so I feel a sort of connection, even though they have no idea who I am.
There’s a weird, guilty pleasure around Twitter and celebrities. Us ordinary folks follow some of them (yes, I do too) and always hope that we’ll get their attention and they’ll answer a fan tweet or something. Some celebs are good sports and will reply to a fan now and then.
Me? I got a “thank you” from Kathryn Leigh Scott (who played Maggie on Dark Shadows) when I tweeted my condolences to her on the death of Jonathan Frid. And when the whole Law & Order: SVU season premiere insanity was being tweeted over, with Benson being menaced by a creepy psycho, I posted my share of tweets about the show and the performances, and a few times, I was favorited by the actor who played the creepy psycho. But that’s the extent of my Twitter celebrity brushes. So this was pretty cool!
As for the critters, I am posting a shout-out for my buddy Dana Kane, who is fundraising for animal charities on her blog, with a raffle and prizes. Every penny of the proceeds will go to legitimate and worthy animal-care causes. For those who love animals (and who love Dana!), you’ll want to read all about it here.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Next post will be on topic, promise.