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Book looks at 1960's TV comedy show that angered censors & politicians:
Speak with author David Bianculli, Wed. Jan. 13th, 4pm

Veteran TV critic David Bianculli's latest book, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, provides an behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television.

Decades before The Daily Show, or Saturday Night Live, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds- barred political comedy with a decidedly anti-authoritarian point of view.

Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are welcome to attend a conversation with the author on Wednesday January 13th, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on the 4th floor of Alexander Library. There is no charge for attendance, but seating is limited. To reserve your space at this special event, click here.

For more information about David Bianculli, visit his website To view him discussing his book, go to YouTube and search for "David Bianculli Dangerously Funny."

Posted December 18, 2009