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October 24, 2009


I'm not old enough to remember Soupy's show for kids--heck, I didn't even know that's how he started--but I remember him as the host of a game show that involved a clock. It might have even been called "Beat the Clock." About 16 years ago John and I passed him on the street in NYC. Thanks for your informative post. But please include a picture of Charlie next time!

Dear Danny,

There's silly/funny and silly/not funny. I always thought that Soupy Sales was the latter.

I loved the TV line-up of shows that you listed. Man, there aren't that many good shows in an entire week, now.


i was surprised to see the reference to "video" in 1955. I wish they have "You were There" on now instead of all the reality shows where you don't want to any time in anyone's history ever. I recall watching Soupy with a little impatience. I was too old for his brand of silliness most of the time or not STONED as he must have been. If I were, maybe he would have seemed funnier.

I never really "got" Soupy Sales either. I just remember him from "What's My Line". So, I never saw his kids shows.

When I heard Soupy died I checked over here right away to see if you'd done a piece on him. I was sure you'd be a fan! I guess not.

I, on the other hand, was/am a huge fan. I adored him when I was a teenager, and now looking at his stuff on youtube I'm still laughing my head off.

I wrote about him on my blog.

Danny, this is one of the few times I can remember not agreeing with you. Sigh.

I was a loyal fan of “Kukla, Fran, and Ollie”

Me too!

I cannot say that I was ever a big fan of his, but I did always feel that underneath all that Pie Throwing there was a rather sweet man....! Like you, I was addicted to "KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE" and I never thought of Souply Sales being in the same league with them for one millisecond. He certainly was loved by those who were his fans and I can understand that. May he Rest In Peace.

I was just the right age for Soupy when he did daytime TV in NYC in the mid sixties. I watched him every afternoon, and loved when 'famous' people came by for a pie in the face. In college I caught his stand up act at a club in Greenwich Village, and to this day we quote the bit he did that night about White Fang and Black Tooth mixing martinis (with olive, or with onion?)

Maybe you had to be there, but I remember him with great fondness, and I wish I still had the giant green polka dotted bow tie I had just to dance The Mouse. Rest in Peace, Soupy

I don't recall Soupy's kids' show being broadcast in the Pittsburgh market but it may have been that my parents didn't let us watch it. Capt. Kangaroo and the locally produced Mr. Rogers Neighborhood were staples in our household at that time. More to my parents liking. Later, when I could pick my own shows, I recall Soupy on What's My Line? and Match Game. I've never been a fan of that kind of humor but he certainly was unique!

Was just re-reading this post. That list of old TV shows is to die for. American TV today is just garbage. If it weren't for Mad Men and Turner Classic Movies my set would not be on much at all. Have been thinking of disconnecting the cable & just watching shows on the Net or DVD. Some of those old shows are on DVD now. I saw What Makes Sammy Run? that way.

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