Hot Dog (The TV Show)

This innovative kid’s tv show is undoubtedly where I first saw Jonathan WintersWoody Allen and JoAnne WorleyHot Dog (1970-1971) was a show wherein those three comedians would be asked to explain how something gets made (e.g. a cardboard box, a penny). They would give their funny answers (the only one I’ve always remembered since I was five years old: when asked what sound a giraffe makes, Woody Allen answered that they just whisper, “Giraffe, giraffe!”) Then after the jokes, documentary crews would show how things are really manufactured. The show was created by a man named Frank Buxton; because this is the 21st century he even has a website. Here is the credit sequence and some wraparounds for Hot Dog:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.


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