Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 75
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August 27, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 75

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Critic fears doom for Lynde, Newhart By Jay Fredericks I don't want to horn in on Jeanne Dixon's racket and I certainly hope I'm wrong, but I have the feeling of impending disaster hanging over the Bob Newhart and Paul Lynde situation comedies which are scheduled to start in the new television season. I say this because there seem to be certain comedians who, no matter how funny they are in guest roles on other shows or on a variety program, just can't hack it where situation comedy, week after week, is concerned. The writers are simply unable to pin their comedy characters down in the confines of a sit-com script which calls on them to play the part of husband and father. Don Rickles is one of these people. As a guest on somebody else's show, Rickles is hilarious. But on his own show--well, as a certain politician used to say, look at the record. Jonathan Winters is a similar case. Winters can be the funniest man in the world doing 15 or 20 minutes as a guest. But stick in him a format and bring him back every week and he collapses faster than the Philadelphia Phillies. And Tim Conway. Conway did several of the most hilarious skits I've ever seen as a guest from time to time on the Carol Burnett Show--and on his variety series. But his ventures into situation comedy have been disastrous. I have this dreadful feel- Ing that the same thing is true of Lynde and Newhart. Both of them are excellent comedians and Lynde can be guffawingly funny. I remember the first lime I ever saw him in the stage production of "New Faces of 1952" or some year like it. He came limping out on stage, swathed in bandages and proceeded to break the audience apart with a routine about a big game hunter showing slides of his recent trek through Africa. N e w h a r t's monologues fracture me. And he was very good in "Cold Turkey," the Dick Van Dyke movie about a town that stopped smoking, playing the part of a weasely little tobacco company executive. But for some reason I just can't see Lynde or Newhart in situation comedy. Situation comedy requires not a comedian, but an actor who can do comedy. Radio Classics Classical music scheduled to be broadcast over radio stations V/TIP and WTIO- FM at 5 p.m. today includes : Dvorak's "Symphony No. 5 in E Minor Op. 95" with Bruno Walter conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Mozart's "Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major" with Peter Maag conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. "The Bing Crosby Story," featuring Paul Whiteman and the Rhythm Boys, will be presented at 10 p.m. "Mary Poppins," starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. SUNDAY SOLO Carroll O'Cbnner, for instance, is the farfcherest thing from a comedian. But as Archie Bunker in "All In The Family" he is perfect -a very good actor in an excellent role that just happens to be comedy. Edward Asner played heavy drama until somebody had the great idea to hire him to play the newsroom boss on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show." And he's terrific. But he's not a comedian-not in the sense that Winters or Newhart or Lynde or Conway are comedians. I think the reason is that a comedian establishes himself, in his comedy, as a particular type--Rickles, the insult master, for instance --and it is difficult if not impossible to transfer this c h a r a c t e r into situation comedy. Jack Benny did it but Benny managed it by playing a character named Jack Benny who was a comedian. And Benny's program wasn't situation comedy in the way that Mary Tyler Moore's show or Dick Van Dyke's show is situation comedy. Anway I hope Lynde and Newhart show me up and make a success .with their programs. But I've got this feeUng... 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