A respected comedy writer sits over lunch with a man who, in the late 1960s, was very, very famous. This man, slender and balding, was a comedian who, with his younger brother, hosted a network television show that caused quite a ruckus--they talked too much politics, and pot, for prime time. For his sin of spouting off to the press and to the president of the network, this man was booted off television and shoved from spotlight to shadow. He and his brother, who played straight man to his crooked grin, would continue to work but never again be so famous or infamous. Still, three decades after the medium left him well-done, this man wants badly to get back on television, so he has contacted this writer... More >>>
Tom, left, and Dick Smothers were clean-cut troublemakers in the 1960s...and not so different today, as they try for a comeback.