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Stanley (Kinescope), 1956 with Barry Jacobsen
July 20 @ 7:00 pm
“Stanley” was an American situation comedy starring Buddy Hackett, Carol Burnett, and the voice of Paul Lynde. It aired on NBC-TV from September 24, 1956, to March 11, 1957, and produced by Max Liebman. Stanley was a sitcom you have probably never heard of, but it is an example of one of these live sitcoms that aired for 19 weeks on NBC and featured a host of tal-ents. The titular role was performed by comedian Buddy Hackett in his first leading role. A 23-year-old Carol Burnett, in her first regular roles, play his girlfriend Celia on the show. Among the show’s tiny writing staff was comedy legend Woody Allen, who was no doubt brought on by the show’s notable producer, Max Liebman. During his talk, Jacobsen will show some of those artifacts along with original kinescope clips of the TV program and share insights into the show’s creation and personalities.
In the mid-1970s, Barry Jacobsen worked for the creator of Your Show of Shows and Stanley, Max Liebman, who at the time was semi-retired. Although not born during the show’s run, Ja-cobsen became an historical expert on the production and history of the show, spending hours talking to Max and others about those times in the early 1950s. After Max died, Barry took it upon himself to organize and donate television artifacts that were in his office, many of which related to Stanley.