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Encyclopedia > Henry Morgan (comedian)

Henry Morgan (March 31, 1915 - May 19, 1994), born in New York City, was a comedian best remembered for having been a regular panelist on the CBS game show I've Got a Secret. March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining, as the final day of March. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... The city is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture, and is one of the worlds major global cities (along with London, Tokyo and Paris) with a virtually unrivaled collection of museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, international corporations, and stock exchanges. ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 1952 and...


As a radio personality on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the early 1940s, he often got himself in trouble by cracking jokes at the expense of his sponsors. One early sponsor had been Adler Shoe Stores, which came close to cancelling its account after Morgan started making references to "Old Man Adler" on the air; the chain changed its mind after it was learned patronage spiked upward, with most of the new patrons asking to meet "Old Man Adler" personally. However, in subsequent radio and television series for the American Broadcasting Company networks, several sponsors did indeed cancel their accounts after Morgan's needling. The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) was an American radio network, in operation from 1934 to 1999. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ...


Morgan made one movie, "So This is New York" (released 1948), in which he had the lead role. It was well received by critics, but didn't make much of a splash with the public.


Morgan was briefly blacklisted after his name appeared in the infamous Anti-Communist pamphlet Red Channels, although he was clearly not a Communist or sympathiser. His career got back on track in June 1952, when he landed a panel position on I've Got a Secret, on which he occasionally got laughs by squandering the time allotted to him for asking questions by instead complaining petulantly about the supposedly intolerable conditions under which he had to work. Morgan stayed with the program through its entire 14-year original run, and returned when the series was revived in syndication in 1972 and on CBS again in a brief 1976 summertime run. Red Channels Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television was an anti-communist pamphlet published in the United States. ...


After his I've Got a Secret days, Morgan continued to do radio appearances, most frequently on the NBC weekend service Monitor, and guest-panelist slots on other Goodson-Todman TV shows, including What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth and The Match Game. He also appeared as a regular cast member of the TV series My World and Welcome To It in 1969. The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The word monitor derives from the Latin word for warner or warning. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... To Tell the Truth is a classic American television game show that has been seen in various forms on and off since 1956. ... The Match Game was an American television game show where contestants tried to match a panel of six celebrities in answering fill-in-the-blank questions. ...


Morgan's radio career gained an early-1980s revival in New York due to his two-and-a-half minute "Henry Morgan Show" commentaries, broadcast twice daily on WNEW-AM (now WBBR) starting in January 1981. The following year, he added the Saturday evening show Morgan and the Media on WOR. In what might or might not be inadvertent iconoclasm, he used a 1981 WNEW commentary on pre-inflation prices to wistfully sing an old Pepsi jingle ("Pepsi-Cola hits the spot / Twelve full ounces, that's a lot...") It turned out the day's Morgan commentary was sponsored by Coca-Cola. WBBR is a radio station, broadcasting at 1130 AM in New York City. ... WOR-AM is a class A (nighttime clear channel), AM radio station located in New York, New York, USA, operating on 710kHz. ... The current Pepsi logo Pepsi or Pepsi-Cola, is a carbonated cola soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo, and the principal rival of Coca-Cola. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ...


Morgan was known for being very sarcastic and grouchy, growing downright bitter towards his final years. In his 1994 autobiography Here's Morgan (The Original Bad Boy of Broadcasting), Morgan blasted most of his former co-stars. In his last national television appearance, on the cable seriesTalk Live in early 1994, Morgan spent his entire time allotment complaining about such petty subjects as a rock band naming itself The Boo Radleys, after the Harper Lee literary character. Morgan died of lung cancer a few weeks later. An autobiography (from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write) is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... The Boo Radleys were a British guitar band of the 1990s who made experimental indie music, and were briefly associated with the Britpop movement. ... Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, as Nelle Harper Lee) is an American novelist, best known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. ...


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Henry Morgan (comedian) (748 words)
Morgan first made his name hosting a radio show on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the early 1940s, often cracking jokes at the expense of his sponsors and frequently losing a sponsor in the process.
Morgan made one movie, ''So This is New York'' (1948), in which he had the lead role, and though Morgan and the film received favourable critical reviews it didn't go over as well with the public as his radio and later television work did.
Morgan's tenure on the show was marked by his periodic complaints about the (allegedly) horrid conditions in which he had to work, in between firing questions at the show's guests with the secrets.
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