The NBC Comedy Hour

The NBC Comedy Hour
Genre Television comedy
Directed by Herbert Kenwith[1]
Presented by Leo Durocher; Gale Storm; various
Starring Jonathan Winters
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1[2]
No. of episodes 18[2]
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) NBC[1]
Original network NBC
Picture format NTSC Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural[1]
Original release January 8 (1956-01-08)[2] – June 10, 1956 (1956-06-10)[2]
Preceded by The Colgate Comedy Hour[2]
Followed by The Steve Allen Show[2]

The NBC Comedy Hour was a comedy show that ran on NBC in the first half of 1956, intended to be a replacement for The Colgate Comedy Hour.[2]

Leo Durocher hosted the show in January, and Gale Storm from February until April 8; from April 22 on, hosts were called in per episode. Comic Jonathan Winters was a more frequent face than any of the hosts; he appeared in 17 of the 18 episodes. Stan Freberg was also a guest 6 times. Topical comedian Mort Saul's network debut was on the Comedy Hour. A group of acting chimpanzees named The Marquee Chimps performed parodies of movies in 3 episodes.[2]

The show was a critical and ratings failure:[2] Variety stated "A more poorly conceived, routined and paced outing would be difficult to imagine."[3] It was cancelled in June, having already been pre-empted 4 times in 5 months.[2][3] It was succeeded by The Steve Allen Show, whose reputation became a marked contrast to that of The NBC Comedy Hour.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 The NBC Comedy Hour at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 The NBC Comedy Hour at . Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  3. 1 2 "The NBC Comedy Hour". Classic TV Info. Jim Davidson. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2010-01-29.

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