Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dom DeLuise

I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of Dom DeLuise.

Dom was one of those easily likable comic actors who was funny in just about everything he did; especially in the '60s and '70s.

I remember an appearance of his on the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show, where the host told the audience that Dom could get a laugh by saying anything. Without missing a beat, Dom said "Dollar seventy-five" and got a huge laugh. (Hey, it was the seventies).

Here's Dom and Dean Martin doing a sketch on Dean's variety show. Notice that this sketch - on paper - is dreadfully unfunny. But Dean and Dom ad-lib and clown around throughout it and it becomes comedy gold.