Comedian and musician Tom Smothers of the Smothers Brothers duo dies at 86

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Comedian and musician Tom Smothers, of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86
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Comedian and musician Tom Smothers Smothers Brothers, He died on Tuesday, 26 December. He was 86 years old.

His brother and longtime professional partner, dick smothers, It was announced that Tom died at his home in Santa Rosa, California after battling cancer.

“Tom was not only the loving big brother everyone would want in their life, he was also a unique creative partner. “I am forever grateful to have shared more than 60 years with him on and off the stage,” Dick, 85, said in a statement to the National Comedy Center. “Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected each other. “We were truly blessed.”

Executive Director of the National Humor Center Travel Gunderson Also issued a statement. “Tom was a true pioneer who changed the face of television and changed our culture The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which satirized politics, combated racism, opposed the Vietnam War, and paved the way for Saturday night Live, The Daily Showlate-night shows on the TODAY Network, and much more,” Gunderson said.

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He added, “We are proud to bring Tom and Dick back from retirement and back on stage in 2019 to celebrate their legendary career, and we look forward to Tom’s remarkable work here at the National Comedy Center for generations to come.” And are honored to preserve the legacy.” ,

creator of Rowan and Martin’s laughter 1960s TV series, 15-time Emmy winner george schlatterTom was praised for always taking risks in his comedy.

Comedian and musician Tom Smothers, of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86
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“I loved Tommy. Tommy and I were very good friends. Tommy suffered a lot for everything I did,” he said. “Look, we have to find a place for the rebels. We have to find a place for those for whom there is no place. And Tommy is one and now, he will be greatly missed by everyone.”

The Smothers Brothers worked together throughout their six-decade career. he acted The Smothers Brothers Showa sitcom from 1965 to 1966, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, A TV variety show from 1967 to 1969.

His shows included music and comedy. Tom played guitar, and Dick played stand-up bass, and they were famous for their constant and hilarious banter.

Comedy Hour was very controversial due to its support of the Civil Rights Movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. Censors began cutting plays deemed objectionable to audiences.

Comedian and musician Tom Smothers, of the Smothers Brothers, dies at 86
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In an interview with CBS News in December 2022, Tom said that the changes made him angry.

“I was offended. ‘What do you mean I can’t say that?’ “Suddenly, it became something else,” he said at the time.

The variety show was eventually canceled by CBS in April 1969 due to its controversial content.

Despite the cancellation, Dick praised his brother for his success during his long career.

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Dick told CBS News, “When someone said, ‘What’s the happiest time in your life,’ it was like standing on that stage with my brother a few inches to my right and being in that audience with me.” The emotion had to be felt.” “He defines my entire life. Nothing is better than that.”

Tom was best known for his comedy, however, he was also recognized for his musical talents. he played acoustic guitar John LennonThe 1969 classic, “Give Peace a Chance.” That same year, he was honored as Man of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Tom is survived by his wife, marci carriker, and their children, Bo and Riley Rose Smothers.

A private memorial service for family and friends is being scheduled for 2024. Dick and his wife Mary have requested memorial donations be made in Tom’s honor to the National Comedy Center.


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