The Ed Wynn TV show was a variety comedy series starring the delightful and foolishly funny legend of comedy ... Ed Wynn. Its popularity drew a seemingly never-ending list of famous guest stars willing to get ridiculous by participating in Ed's skits.
October-December of 1949: Thursday nights on CBS from 9:00 to 9:30 PM
January-March of 1950: Saturday nights on CBS from 9:00 to 9:30 PM
April-July of 1950: Tuesday nights on CBS from 9:00 to 9:30 PM
The Hannaford Family
The Merriel Abbott Dancers
The Ed Wynn Show was the first TV series that was broadcast live from Hollywood and seen in the rest of the country via kinescope (16mm film shot during the live show). All other series until then had aired live in New York and seen elsewhere via kinescope.
The Ed Wynn show won an Emmy in 1950 as the "Best Comedy Show".
Guest stars on the Ed Wynn Show included Gloria Swanson, Ann Sheridan, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (prior to "I Love Lucy"), The Three Stooges, and Buster Keaton!
One of Ed Wynn's trademarks was that he told really bad jokes and then made the audience laugh about how bad the joke was!
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