The One, The Only…

Groucho! TCM has been re-running a few of the old Dick Cavett shows. It’s truly amazing to see just how far down the toilet television has gone in the last 30 years. The format of the typical “talk show” these days is one six-minute segment per guest. The conversation is inane babble leading up to a plug for the guest’s book or movie.

But in the 1970s, we had Dick Cavett! In-depth conversations with just a few guests. Last week’s episode was devoted entirely to Groucho Marx. Groucho told this great story:

I had a priest stop me up in Montreal some years ago. He came up to me and said “Aren’t you Groucho Marx?”

I said yes.

He said, “May I shake your hand?”

I said fine. I shook hands with him.

He said, “I want to thank you for all of the joy you’ve put into the world!”

And I said, “I want to thank you for all of the joy you’ve taken out of it!”

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