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“It Pays To Be Ignorant” Professor Irwin Corey, Jayne Mansfield, Frank Fontaine

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  1. ekocentric says:

    @russocomedy Wow…I would have loved to have met Jane. Though I love her and Marilyn I feel sad that they were forced (in a way) to play simpering, blonde idiots because their fans loved it and studio heads expected it.

    It must have been nice to have worked with her. I was fortunate enough to work in RKO’s archives just before they closed…movie and t.v. people put a lot more into their work than most people will ever know.

  2. mwvandersteen says:

    This would have been better is they had only used original jokes. On the 13 september 1950 episode of the original radio show, the one that starts with ‘Why is a man like a worm?’, one of the questions was “In what town in Pennsylvania did Lincoln make his Gettysburg Address?’. Three of the jokes in this parody were taken from that episode. It’s freely available at the Internet Archive, along with dozens of other episodes. And they’re really enjoyable (although many are cut up repeats).

  3. chuakip says:

    Good god this is awful compared to the radio show.

  4. hibob418 says:

    Amazing how this concept was the forerunner to SCTV’s “Halfwits,” which could be argued was the inspiration to SNL’s “Celebrity Jeopardy, ” etc etc
    Thanks for posting!!

  5. robertquentincobb says:

    Gleason is Genius! Mansfield is Gorgeous! And Irwin is Insane! I LOVE IT! Thanks for posting!

  6. sclogse1 says:

    @latimeclockman
    Lemme know how that work’s out…

  7. Impowers says:

    Corey was Enrico Banducci’s favorite comedian. He’s still kicking (Corey, not Banducci).

  8. xXPinkGoddessXx says:

    @russocomedy Thanks a lot for sharing that!

  9. StraightTwoDVD says:

    sidney fields………..

  10. loulou2lou says:

    I remember watching this show every Saturday. The sketches were priceless. Jackie was a comedic Genius.

  11. KaptKan1 says:

    A friend of my father’s knew Jane and Mickey well. He was devastated at the news of her death. He, too, said that she was a bright and kind-hearted individual. God bless and rest her soul.

  12. ezywonder says:

    Thanks so much for your reminiscence. Jayne was a true American original. Her daughter, Mariska, is such a gift to us, too.

  13. brianmcc50 says:

    I’d guess its 1964 or near that time.

  14. russocomedy says:

    I toured with Jane for the troops in Asia and Vietnam. Hard working, intelligent, a gentle person who anguished over the great distance that separated her from her loved ones back home. During one of her last press conferences which I attended with her two weeks before her death, asked by one cynical reporter: what she wanted in life? ” To know God,” She said. I’ll not state the reporter’s rude retort, but she knew the truth better than any there the time capsule of her life was completed.

  15. latimeclockman says:

    I’ll take Mansfield over Monroe any day.

  16. mschnur says:

    What year was this?

  17. pgh45rpms says:

    That’s Jayne Mansfield, who often portrayed blonde bombshells in films & tv. Jayne appeared as a Playboy Playmate of the month in the 1950′s before her acting career. She was far from being “dumb”, with an IQ above 160. She also spoke several languages and was a classically trained musician (violin & piano). Jayne died in a car accident at the age of 34.

  18. whitedude60499 says:

    Who is the Babe?

  19. blueblazer68 says:

    Priceless, I’m still laughing.

  20. FeelOfFriction says:

    He is a genius.

  21. defundthewar says:

    The delivery man was Sidney Fields, who you might remember from the Abbott and Costello show.

  22. KutWrite says:

    Prof. Corey is my role model!

  23. Republicrat74 says:

    I enjoyed listening to the original “It Pays To Be Ignorant” on radio during WWII, with a prize of $25 for a correct answer to questions like “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

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