' PAGE FOURTEEN BLTTHKVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWi WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 1956 ouner NewsMagazine •'....' - What 7 re We Laughing At? Part 2 - - New Humor Not Allowed to Step On Anybody's Toes bel. NEW YORK (NEA) — "There are two American senses of humor," says George Go "America's private, diclja-hear-this-one type and America's public, or commercial type. "The jokes we tell, songs we sing and remarks we make at office parties, in locker rooms, during card games, while eating lunch or waiting for babies to be born fire pretty much the same free-swinging, any- target comedy as they ever were. But in TV. theater, movvies and radio, we had to narrow the area con- siderabl yin order to forestall the indignation of entirely too many groups, many organized and grievously articulate. "We may not offer jests on topics considered controversial if we are to be successful in today's commercial entertainment field. And today the only thing which appears to escape controversy Is the bubonic plague." Most of 14 comedians nnd gag- writers surveyed on the changing sense of American humor mustn't step on toes. Perhaps, as Gobcl suggests, this'has been carried to an extreme, but not all feel that, •way. "Audiences will no longer tolerate racist humor," say Araie Itosen and Colcmaai Jacoby, the men who created Jackie Gleason's famous characters, "or accept caricatures of minority ateotypes." "if we are to improve ourselve morally, economically 'and Intellect ually," says Steve Allen, "our humo win reflect these improvements Many years ago it was considere< in good taste to make jokes abou Negroes, Jews, Catholics, etc. which would horrify people of today." "There are less jokes at the expense of someone's feelinge," says Jack Taar. "How often these days do you hear a Pat-and-Mtke joke stories told about people who speak with impediments or have physica handicaps? At on time, this was the main stream of American humor. Behind each laugh was sharp-edged dagger aimed at racln minorities or unfortunates." "In the old days," says Jimmy 0urante, "there used to be Dutch Jewish, Negro and Italian comics with racial take-offs. Now you can't do it, because you offend someone You cant' offend people with different afflictions or sicknesses. People resent It." What's taken the place of this pointed humor? Dick Shawn says audiences "are becoming more sophisticated, more 'hep 1 more grown up and definitely more blase." Phil Silvers says "our humor is B. bit more violent." Rosen nnd Jacoby think "today's jokes are for the most part tied up with characterizations." So sophistication, violence and characterizations are the thing. They've replaced the pointed humor and the puns—gags like these, submitted by the polled comics, ns examples of yesterday's humor that is now passe; From George Ciobel — "Straight man—What's a Greek urn?" "Comedian—About 12 dollars a wet'k." Prom the Uite Fred Allen—"Have you heard about the glassblower who suddenly had hiccups and before they could stop him he'd blown 200 percolator tops." From Milt Jnsesberg-—"Why can't .GEORGE GOHEIr-^'The Greek urn is a thing of the pass." the locomotive sit down?" "Because it has a tender behind." From Edfrnr Bergen—"Why is a kiss like a sewing machine?" "One sews seams nice nnd the other seems so nice." Prom I'MI Silvers—"A fine cur I've got. You have to put it in second to BO over car trucks." As for the future, the consensus is that changes will keep coming, but basic humor will remain the same. This Is how the panel looks ahead: Eti gar llcrn«n: "Humor will continue to become more intelligent." Iloscn and Jnroby: "It will continue to be refined and sharpened with exercise." Steve Allen; "Humor is probably becoming n little more cerebul us the old burlesque and vaudeville comics nre gradually being replaced by comedians who also have college degrees." M1H Joscfsberp: "Ttike n good solid gag that played In 1930, and it will get a laugh in 1956 and I'm willing to bet in 107G, too." The late Fred Allen: "The stand- irds will get lower, I'm afraid. Audiences get so much free entertainment they become blase. When people finally know all of the jokes they will stop laughing. Humor may hnve to go out of style. People may have to find a substitute for laughter." Georg-e Go bel: "I'm worried about the direction the future will BO. I would like to see a television audience which embraces nil the peoples of the world, watching programs Tom every nation on globe-girdling letworks. The audience will become setter educated, more sophisticated and with sufficient understanding to tear down the censor's giant sieve •md allow humor to swing, wide and 'ree at nil targets deserving the attention of skilled, tasteful comedians." Robert Q. Lewis: "The old jokes, -ood, bad or indifferent, will always " JACK PARR — "The sharp- edged dagger has been blunted." STEVE ALT.EN — "The new comedian has a college degree," Jimmy Duriiute: "The humor of Liu 1 future will undoubtedly KO lo- wnrd, good, clean humor, no ol- fending and virtually no old gags or routliu'5. The people will be sharper." Dick Shawn: "The answer to Unit one is worth 10 million dollars." Phil Silvers: "If 7 knew the answer, I'd bottle it nnd make a fortune." But change it. will. Change goes on continually. As an example, Sid Caesar's writer, Mel Tolliin, cilt's a, Jokt: h<> wrote only a few years ago. "Sid as the German professor of psychology told of a case of an unruly child in a summer camp who was annoying, disobedient and destructive. The psychoanalyst delved into the child's past, his relationship with his parents nnd so on. When Sid was asked what neurotic reasons he'd found for the child's condition, he replied: 'None—he was just a rotten kid,' 'Somehow that sounds dated now. Tt's too bad, but already jxsychoan- , , with us in one form or another." I alylical jokes seem dated." Reconditioned Sewing Machines Various Makes and Models ONE YEAR FREE SERVICE GUARANTEE Necchi-Elna Sewing Center Addition of paint used in improves sticking qualities prevents chipping off. cnstor oil U> the marking highways and No More of Those Weekly TV Shows for Celeste Holm By DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — (NEA) — Passing through New York to get a quick look at. her apartment, Celeste Holm paused just long enough to say that she'll never again do a weekly TV show. Miss Holm, one of the more talented ladies in show business, was trapped in a grim business called "Honestly Celeste" a season or so back. "Oh. that show," she said, screwing her pretty features into a grimace. "I quit after eight weeks. I saw the handwriting on the screen. I knew what I wanted, but I couldn't get it. "Richard Rodgers had told me not to do a weekly show. He said I'd lose my mind. I didn't exactly lose my mind but I know what he means. I'll never try It again." What with one thing and another, Celeste kefcjw herself busy. Latest is a movie called "High Society" she just finished out where the orange juice flows like wine. There was a jflrl '" the cast iiiinml Ciracc Kelly and Celesle thinks she's a comer. She likes doing everything in show business—live TV, the stage, movies and she's about to begin a recording career with Norman Gram' new Verve label. "So many people can't work In a live medium," she said. "They never try live TV or the Broadway suige—they're afraid they'll forget a line. But, heavens, everybody at some time forgets a line and you just have to cover up. I guess it takes n certain ability to do that. Some of these Hollywood actors don't know how to—what's that famous line?—they couldn't ad lib it burp after a Hungarian dinner. If they forget a line, it's Panicville." Celeste, who obviously can ad lib a whole speech after a Hungarian overlooking Central never move out," she brunch, keeps bouncing around from coast to coast, medium to medium. Which is why she rarely gets to see her permanent home, an apartment Park. "But HI says. "I've got the chandelier up, so I can't move. And I just had a rheostat Installed In the living room, so the lights can be dimmed or brightened gradually." Pour walls and a rheostat make any place a home. WHO'S DOING WHAT?—Harry Belafonle: He's learning to play the drums, trumpet and trombone besides everything else. Before he's through, he's liable to replace the old-fashioned cartel. Imogene Coca: She was offered $12,500 to appear one night at a show given by a Chicago electrical union. In union there is, apparently, a good deal more than strength. Teresa Brewer: :She keeps on buying hats—now has a hatrobe of over 200. Her success, obviously, goes to her head. Elise Rhodes: Guy Lombardo's gorgeous vocalist is raising chihuahuas as a hobby. Which is one way for a decent girl to get a new fur coat, On her lust weekend in New York, Grace Kelly went horseback riding in Central I*ark. But she shocked the experts who watched by wearing jodhpurs and riding side-sad die. Apparently, that isn't don*. But a Princess-elect can do no wrong. Even on horseback. The British Library Association reports that, since TV came to the fogey, foggy island, the British are borrowing more books from libraries than ever before. The librarians figure the viewers become interested in the subjects shown on TV. then go and get books to read about them. There'll always be culture, despite what the prophets of doom have said. AT LIIIEKTY: One script girl. Has pencil, will travel. Needs a job like her last one, taking trips around the world. The poor unemployed lass is Gloria Tetzlaff, who spent a happy year as script girl for the Cinerama crew filming the latest: Cinerama wonder. "Seven Wonders of the> World." Her job took her to Europe, Africa and Asia for nine months, then another three .months wandering around the U.S. She was with an all-male crew, sampled lunch in an Arabian harem, safaried through the jungle, shopped in Rome and Paris, saw things und places that precious few script girls get to see. Now it's over, she's back in New York, looking for work. Only trouble is, she says, she's spoiled. SCRIPT GIRL GLORIA TETZLAFF at work in Southern Arabia. Literary Guide post Animal Trainer Tells Simple, Great Story LIONS, TIGERS AND ME by Roman Proske. (Henry Holt and Co.) Why does anyone become a wild animal trainer? Roman Proske, generally conceded "The greatest in the world" when 10 retired in 1941), says: "I becnme a wild animal trainer when I was still boy and because I loved animals xml 1 knew of no better way to be with them." The story of his life, written after he retired to his Florida zoo, is' exciting reading, intense!; 1 moving nd humorous by turns. It's a hard book to put clown before it's fin- shed. At 13 the author, christened Hermin Roman Gustave Proske von Walch and son of a prominent general staff officer in the Austrian irmy, ran away from home and olned a circus. The next year he vent to Africa and trained his first ions. At 15 he had his own wild animal act in Vienna; a bitter riumph — his parents disowned him. For the next 36 years wild nni- nals— piu'lculnrly the big cats— i'cre his life. Because of his love nd respect for animals, he trnJncf hem humanely and it paid off in cturneri affection nnd cooperation. u(. that he wasn't mauled, chewed, litten and once partially eaten. That Proske is nllve and enjoying etlremont is a tribute to his course, skill and love for animal: Some unforgettable animals populate the book; Gory, his devoted lioness friend; Lily, the dancing tiger; Mutti, the elephant who hated to be shouted at; Judith, the killer tiger. And there are some unforgettable scenes; Proske smuggling baby tigers nnd their nursing impedimenta into hotels while on tour pretending they were valuable photographic equipment. And the tragedy under the Big Top. Proske has told a great story CURRENT Best Sellers TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Hara. ANDERSONVILLE, MacKlnlny Kaiitor. MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, Herman Wouk. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. CASH McCALL, Cameron Hawley. GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. THE SEARCH FOR BRIDE1' MURPHY, Morey Bernstein. 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Phone 2-2350 "Lovely One' Is P^eally Lovely for 4 Voices By NEA Service Teresa Brewer, her husband and three daughters go to church every Sunday. Recently their church has been erecting a new building so services are held temporarily in an American Legion hall. Kathleen Brewer, age 5, noticed a juke box in the room and said, "Mommy! Mommy! Look — even God has a juke box." The Four Voices don't pass the buck—they pass the couple ot thousand bucks. That's probably what's iij it for them since they've clicked with their Columbia record, "Lovely One." They could easily be the next big smash among the re- But thev don't take any bows themselves. They all pass on the credit to the man they call the "Fifth Voice"—their arranger and coach, Fred Weismantel. "Freddy is terrific," says Frank FosU, W ho qualifies . as the First Voice since he and Weismantel organized the quartet. "He's the best in the business," says Allan Chase. "Mitch Miller leaves all the arranging up to him —Mitch never even hears the ar- ransement until we do the song at the recording" session" And the other two voices — Sal Mayo and Bill McUride—joined in a rousing chorus "Weismantel Ubor Alles." Weismantel was coaching singers in Flushing on Long Island. Fosta lived a few blocks away nnd took a few lessons. They decided that, since male vocal groups were the big thing in records, they ought to hop on the voicewagon. They recruited Chase, Mayo and McBride and were off. The Four Voices, let It be known, differ from some of the groups iiround in one basic way —They can sing. They're; all ill- dividual soloists—strangely, they .ire all essentially baritones—and take turns :it singing lead. They , - Mayo, Chase, McBride Bottom— Fosta don't go in for any of the current siylized singing; no deliberate breaks or catches or sobs. They sing harmony. 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