Friday, October 23, 2009

R.I.P.: Soupy Sales (1926-2009)

I cannot begin to tell you how seriously bummed I am this evening to hear about the passing of Soupy Sales -- an icon of my misspent youth, a splendiferously uninhibited and unabashedly slapsticky comic great I would place in the pantheon alongside The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello. Many were the happy hours I spent with him, White Fang, Black Tooth and Pookie the Lion -- and, of course, so many, many pies -- during his telegenic heyday in the '50s and '60s. His on-the-air, over-the-top shenanigans were the stuff of legend. Literally. Just look at the above clip, and you'll understand what I mean. Do that, and I'll love you, and give you a great big kiss. Mmm-whaw!

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