Today is the birthday of perhaps the greatest comic drunk of all time, Foster Brooks (1912-2001). While he got his start in radio in the 1930s, it wasn’t until he was in his 50s that he started to gain fame on television with his comic drunk act with performances on Steve Allen and Perry Como’s shows. Dean Martin (also famous for his comic drunk) was to be his biggest booster, and thanks to appearances on Martin’s celebrity roasts and variety shows, Brooks was to enjoy his greatest success in the 1970s. By that time, he was in his sixties.
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