The Smothers Brothers drew familiar faces to their Hollywood revitalization project last week.
Rob Reiner, a writer on the comedy duo’s TV show in the 1960s, and his father Carl were among the industryites lured to the Comedy Store for the pair’s first L.A. stop since the U.S. bicentennial year.
Buzz in the crowd was that the comedians mounted the three-night show in hopes of returning to television 34 years after their controversial “Smother Brothers Comedy Hour” left the air — talk that Dick Smothers eagerly confirmed.
“We’d love to be back on TV, although we don’t know yet what form it would take,” he said.
Wednesday’s show featured little of the edgy political satire that drew the ire of censors in the ’60s, relying instead on vaudeville-style comic bits and musical numbers. Still, the Smothers’ rapport was a sharp as ever.
“They’re truly masterful,” commented Mort Sahl. “You don’t work all these years for nothing.”
Wednesday night’s aud included Tom Poston, Suzanne Pleshette, and ex-“Bernie Mac Show” exec producer Larry Wilmore, while Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean were among the Tuesday crowd.