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Encyclopedia > Variety show

A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television.


The format is basically television's version of the Music Hall format. Variety in the UK evolved in theatres and Music Halls, and later in Working Men's Clubs. Most of the early top performers on television and radio did an apprenticeship either in stage variety, or during World War II in ENSA. In the UK, the ultimate accolade for a variety artiste for decades was to be asked to do the annual Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium theatre, in front of the monarch. In the 1960s, even the Beatles undertook this ritual. In the US, shows featuring Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope and Dean Martin also helped to make the Golden Age of Television successful. Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... Combatants Allies: • Poland, • UK & Commonwealth, • France/Free France, • Soviet Union, • USA, • China, ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Italy, • Japan, ...and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total: 50 million Full list Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total: 12 million Full list World War II... ENSA may stand for: Endocrine Nurses Society of Australia Entertainments National Service Association European Neutron Scattering Association This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Royal Command Performance is an annual music festival event, originally first staged in the Palace Theatre in 1912, in front of King George V and Queen Mary. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Milton as Mad Man Mooney (right), with Sweetums in The Muppet Movie. ... Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows in a staged publicity shot for The Honeymooners. ... Bob Hope receiving an (honorary) Oscar For other uses, see Bob Hope (disambiguation). ... Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer and film actor. ... The Golden Age of Television is a reference to the period from approximately 1949 to 1960 when prime time television drama was predominated by original and classic productions from such writers as Paddy Chayefsky, Reginald Rose and Rod Serling. ...


From 1948 to 1971, The Ed Sullivan Show was one of CBS's most popular series. Using his no-nonsense approach, Ed Sullivan allowed every known act possible from every known medium to get their "fifteen minutes of fame." Sullivan was also partially responsible for bringing Elvis Presley and The Beatles to US prominence, while in the UK The Good Old Days, which ran from 1953 to 1983, featured modern artistes performing dressed in late Victorian-early Edwardian costume, either doing their own act or performing as a Music Hall artiste of that period. The audience was also encouraged to dress in a similar fashion. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Ed Sullivan The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ... For other uses, see CBS (disambiguation). ... Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock n Roll was an American singer, music producer and actor. ... The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their groundbreaking role in the history of popular music. ... The Good Old Days was a popular BBC television light entertainment television programme which ran from 1953 to 1983. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It is sometimes extended to include the period to the start of World War I in 1914 or even the end of the war in 1918. ...


On television, variety reached its peak during the period of the 1960s and 1970s. With a turn of the television dial, viewers around the globe could variously have seen shows featuring Andy Williams, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, Bob Monkhouse, Carol Burnett, Rod Hull and Emu, Flip Wilson, Dinah Shore, Lawrence Welk, Glen Campbell, Donny & Marie, Barbara Mandrell, Judy Garland, the Captain & Tennille, The Jacksons, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mary Tyler Moore, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Smothers Brothers, Dick Van Dyke, Buck and Roy, or The Muppets. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Andy Williams This page is about the singer. ... Julie Andrews as Maria, with the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. ... Sonny and Cher were an American rock and roll duo, made up of husband and wife team Sonny Bono and Cher in the 60s and 70s. ... Robert (Bob) Allen Monkhouse (June 1, 1928 - December 29, 2003), was a British entertainer in the traditional sense, though primarily known as a comedian and game show host. ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is one of the most successful female comedians on American television, thanks largely to her eponymous variety show that ran on CBS from 1967 through 1978. ... Rod Hull (August 13, 1936-March 18, 1999) was a popular childrens entertainer on British television in the 1970s and 80s. ... Clerow Flip Wilson (December 8, 1933–November 25, 1998) was an African-American comedian and actor. ... Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore, February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress and talk show host. ... Lawrence Welk during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, bandleader, and television impresario. ... glen campbell is mint in many ways as he is great and gay. ... Donny & Marie was a variety show which aired on ABC from January 1976 to May 1979. ... Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948 in Houston, Texas) is an American country music singer. ... Judy Garland, circa 1943. ... The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was born Robert Walden Cassotto and was one of the most popular rock and roll American teen idols of the late 1950s. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... Statue of Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis Mary Tyler Moore (born on December 29, 1936) is an American actress and comedian, perhaps best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30ish single woman who worked as a news producer at WJM... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom Smothers (born 1937) and Dick Smothers (born 1939). ... Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri), usually credited as Dick Van Dyke, is a noted American television and movie actor. ... Hee Haw was a long-running television variety show hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark and featuring country music and humor with rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. ... The Muppet Movie, closing scene. ...


The last major network attempt at a traditional variety show was Dolly, featuring Dolly Parton, which ran on ABC during the 1987-88 season. By that time, the format had fallen out of fashion (due largely to changing tastes and the advent of MTV), and the series was not successful. Look up Dolly in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Dolly may refer to several things: A dolly is a portable anvil used in riveting and similar work. ... Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, author and actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


A contemporary version of the variety show format, NBC's Saturday Night Live, which made its debut in 1975, is still airing today, with its combination of comedy sketches and musical performances. NBC, formerly called the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


In 2004, ABC's The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour attempted to revive the prime-time variety hour as a special for today's generation. The first show was a ratings success, and it was followed by Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas in early December of that year. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ...


One of today's variety shows in Asia is Variety Big Brother. Asia is the largest and most populous region or continent depending on the definition. ... Variety Big Brother〔綜藝大哥大〕 is a show hosted by funnyman Chang Fei,aka Fei Ge. ...


Many television specials continue to resemble the variety show format to this day. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


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