Thursday, December 10, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-12: Night of 100 Stars

*This episode is our celebration of 100(ish) episodes of the podcast! Thanks again to all of you for listening to and supporting our show!

*Remember you can write us at! Our YouTube channel with the Poor Devil playlist, complete with SCTV and Sammy Davis Jr. clips, is right here.

*The original Night of 100 Stars (there were two more in 1985 and 1990, respectively) was taped February 14, 1982, and aired on ABC March 8, 1982.

CBS countered with Mr. Merlin, Private Benjamin, MASH, House Calls, and Lou Grant. NBC offered Little House on the Prairie and the 1978 movie The Boys in Company C.

*For a contemporary take on the special, click here for John O'Connor's original review in The New York Times.

*Here is the New Yorker piece we mention on the pod, and here is a shorter blurb addressing the charges the stars rang up that producer Alexander Cohen had to cover.

*Norman Lear's special, I Love Liberty, aired March 21, 1982, also on ABC.

*Patrick Simmons had left The Doobie Brothers at this point, but he would rejoin the band in 1982 for a farewell concert tour.

*Doug Henning (1947-2000) had a World of Magic special each year but 1981 from 1975-1982. he also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show and guested on The Muppet Show and many other shows.

*Priscilla Lopez made What I Did for Love famous in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line and later won a Tony for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.

*Lola Falana actually had her own self-titled short-lived variety show in early 1976 on CBS.

*George Burns in Nashville debuted in 1980 as his second LP of the year after I Wish I Was 18 Again.

*Ed Koch was mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.

*Ben Vereen had a recurring role on Webster in the show's first several seasons.

*Night of 100 Stars won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Program at the 34th Emmys broadcast in September 1982.

*Thanks again for sharing 100 episodes with us, and look out for our holiday special!

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