Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Quips and Quotations (Musical Comedy Edition)


1921-2019

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.

--Carol Channing

11 comments:

  1. Hi, Kirk!

    Yes indeed, I just read that Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at the age of 97. As usual you are already on top of the story. I agree with Carol's quote about applause and laughter, but there is also a distinction between polite "nervous" laughter and spontaneous, genuine laughter, and the latter is the reward every comic actor and actress seeks. Carol Channing was a familiar face during my youth, with appearances on Hollywood Squares, R&M's Laugh-In, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and other shows I watched, and I thank her for the memories and the great entertainment.

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    1. Well, Shady, I always found her funny, so I'm sure mine was the spontaneous, genuine laughter. Whatever kind of laughter I was laughing, she wouldn't have heard me anyway, since, like you, I knew her mostly from her many, many television appearances. I was an adult before I even knew her original claim to fame was on Broadway (most notably, Hello Dolly's first Dolly.) In the comment section of the previous post on Gwen Verdon, I made mention how people like Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters can have these big Broadway careers, but than have only minimal fame outside of that. Well, Carol managed to beat the odds at make herself a household name anyway (as did Ethel Merman.)

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  2. She's right!

    RIP Carol Channing. She was always a fave of mine.

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    1. Debra, I'm sure I'll have more to say on Carol at a later date. I'm just kind of pressed for time at the moment.

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  3. I have long enjoyed her...and one of my favorite things was when she played the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland.

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    1. Adam, I'm sure Carol would know all about laughter and applause. She got both.

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  5. Mitchell, you usually don't get great quotes from celebrities, they're usually on the order of "If at first you don't succeed...", but this one was truly insightful.

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