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Tue, 9 Feb 1993 00:24:09 -0500
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In terms of structure, I see _Laugh In_ as an intermediate step between
Kovacs and _Saturday Night Live_, and as such is a logical extension
of the blackout comedy of Vaudeville. Not that this puts it up
very high on the evolutionary scale, but it fills a particular need for
an audience.
Anyway, I also noted (and have on tape) the scenes with the obscured
faces. There seem two be at least two possible explanations: The persons
in question are leftover witnesses from the William Kennedy Smith trial,
or (more likely) were people for whom talent clearances (see credits)
were not obtained for one reason or another. I am familiar with all the
"regulars" who appeared on the show, and I am reasonably certain that
all of them were accounted for in this program, so the "mystery" guests
were probably guest-stars-of-the-week whose contractual obligations
to NBC or the production company didn't extend past the original
broadcast or some such. Anyway, that's my theory - any better
explanations out there?
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