Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stiller And Meara

One of my happiest memories from childhood was watching the comedy team of Stiller and Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show. You probably recognize Jerry Stiller from Seinfeld where he played George Costanza's father, Frank Costanza. Anne Meara has done bit of acting, too. She had had a recurring role on Archie Bunker's Place, she played Mrs. Sherwood in the movie Fame, and Mary Brady in Sex and the City. Both of them have also had parts in several of their son Ben Stiller's movies.

Below are a few clips of them on Sullivan's show back in the late 1960's and one from nineteen seventy. Listen to how many times Ed Sullivan mispronounces Anne Meara's last name (pronounced Meer-ah) and how once he even gets her first name wrong. Mispronouncing guests names was a Sullivan trademark.

As they explain in the video below, that Jonah in the whale sketch was the first thing they ever did on Ed Sullivan.

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara are now in their eighties and still funny. They have their own weekly web show on Hulu.

You can find a sweet interview they did with New York magazine back in 2011 here.

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