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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 03:18 PM
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OK Geezers/Geezettes, who remembers Senor Wences?

Seor Wences, Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town"
(Wenceslao Moreno) April 20, 1896 - April 20, 1999


"The most unique and memorable ventriloquist in comedy, Senor Wences got laughs from three bizarre creations: "Johnny," which was just a face painted on the side of his fist (complete with a wig over the knuckles), a chicken puppet named "Cecilia," and "Pedro," a disembodied head kept in a box. Much of the humor of Wences' act came from his fast talk and idiosyncratic voices. There was the back and forth sing-song between himself and high voiced Johnny ("Be nice." "Nice." Are you nice?" "Yes." "Nice.") and the macabre comedy between himself and the deep voiced stoic Pedro. Whenever Wences opened the lid to look in on him the catch-phrase dialogue was always the same: "S'all right?" "S'all right. Shut the door".

Pedro added the bizarre touch. It wasn't intentional. Pedro was a full sized dummy, but a train wreck that hit the baggage car splintered him to pieces. The sentimental Senor Wences managed to find a way of using Pedro's head in the act."

More fascinating Wences bio here:http://www.comedystars.com/Bios/wences_senor.shtml
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 03:20 PM
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1. S'all right.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 03:20 PM
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3. Shot de door.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 03:20 PM
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2. I do!
Him and PoPo Gigo (sp)

Both were great!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 03:41 PM
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4. That Johnny puppet
always gave me the creeps as a kid. I thought they were all very funny but that one was just creepy to me.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:08 PM
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5. Senor Wences and Topo Gigio were the two biggest hits for me
Edited on Sun Apr-03-05 04:08 PM by mcscajun
as a kid, 'cause of of course my parents had to watch Ed Sullivan every Sunday night. If either one of them was announced I knew I was going to have some fun.
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DancingBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:09 PM
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6. "Eddie - kiss me goodnight"
:)
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:52 PM
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12. Remember the guy with the plates up on sticks?
He'd start with one, spinning it about eight feet above his head, and end up with, like, a thousand all spinning at once.

That was tension, I tell you, waiting for them to fall. But, I don't recall that they ever did.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 05:51 PM
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15. I sure do...and now I have an earworm going...
...the music they played while the plates were spinnning.

Kinda frantic.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 06:41 PM
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16. Da da da dada
Da da da dada

Thanks a lot....... :)

<humming>
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:00 PM
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18. Hey...you started it.
:D
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:17 PM
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20. I CAN'T HEAR YOU
I'M BUSY HUMMING AND AND PICKING UP BROKEN CROCKERY.......
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 09:48 PM
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26. omigod...
:rofl: :spray: :silly:

You got me!

:toast:
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 10:53 PM
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31. heh heh heh
Back atcha......... :blush:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 06:42 PM
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17. The Sabre Dance? I think?
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:17 PM
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21. That's IT!
I'm still hummmmmmmmmmmmming

Now I'm dancing, too.
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Dervill Crow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:22 PM
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7. Geezette here.
I'd love to see that shtick again now to see if there's more there than I got as a kid. I was pretty bright, but I know a re-watching of Fractured Fairy Tales and Rocky and Bullwinkle now reveals puns that I'm sure went over my head back then.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:50 PM
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10. Rock and Bullwinkle were SO FILTHY!
I got a set of videos a few years back, and watched them again.

Jesus, they were funny!!!! And dirty!!!!! Really sly, tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo and allusions. It was absolutely brilliant.

I have to check them out on DVD now. Thanks for the reminder.
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Freebird12004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:37 PM
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8. "S'all right?" " S'all right."
......... and that's the way it was
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:47 PM
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9. I loved Senor Wences ! Guess I am a Geezette too! nt
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 04:51 PM
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11. You're not a Geezette, unless
you remember Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.

They were incredibly funny. I got them on video, too, and, again, I was shocked - SHOCKED, I TELL YOU - to see how filthy the jokes were, in the same sly manner as Bullwinkle and Rocky.

Kind of restored my faith, you know?
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 05:30 PM
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13. How about Cecil and Beany?
Thethil the Thea Thick Thea Therpent
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 11:27 PM
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33. Beany & Cecil were hysterical..and the most awful puns
we have a bunch of the episodes on tape which my daughter still drags out to watch when she is sick, along with all the DuckTales episodes we taped when she was little.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 11:23 PM
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32. remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie too. I adored Ollie the Dragon
and his one tooth.

Rootie Kazootie?
Winky Dink
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 05:32 PM
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14. S'awright? S'ok!
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:03 PM
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19. Oh, yes. I do.
He was a lot of fun to watch.

Now, get back in de box.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:21 PM
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22. I was really into his act, it was funny when he would do the rapid-fire
voices.
:thumbsup:
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:28 PM
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23. Who remembers Johnny Puleo and his harmonica gang?
They were semi-regulars on the Sullivan show. He was the little guy that wore a Buster Keaton kind of hat and chaps and tried to get in the inner part of the group but they wouldn't let him and he would always kick them in the shins. That was funny to me when I was a kid.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 10:17 PM
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28. REMEMBER him? I had his ALBUM!
He was a "graduate" of Borah Minevich's "Harmonica Rascals"
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:32 PM
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24. DUDE! I was thinking of that like two weeks ago.
And that's like something I think of like every five to ten years or something. DUDE!

Remember "Madame" too?
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 08:39 PM
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25. I Am NOT A Geezer, So Stop Saying That
thanks for the memory. :) Gentler times.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 09:51 PM
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27. I used to think that was a very strange act
But I liked it.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 10:29 PM
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29. The other night I was trying to explain Senor Wences
to my 6 year old granddaughter. I guess you had to be there.
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brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 10:36 PM
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30. Buddy Ebsen...
was both fan and friend to Senor Wences. Buddy had him perform at the spectacular Christmas parties he used to give at the Variety Arts Center for the cast and crew of the Barnaby Jones show.Fond memories.
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-05 11:43 PM
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34. I certainly do remember Senor Wences.
I guess I really am a geezer.
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-05 02:02 AM
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35. I used to paint a face on my hand and
try to throw my voice like he did!
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-05 02:50 AM
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36. Yeah. Him and Paul Winchell...
(and Shari Lewis was HOT!)

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