Thursday, December 3, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday: Funny Philly

If you notice, the performer is Merv Griffin!

The stage manager scowled from backstage as Funny Philly sang his opening song, “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…”  Since Billy Cotton and Danny Kaye's deaths, the vaudeville acts went wild with imitations.  And Funny Philly was famous for his spirited performances that endeared him to audiences across the country.

However, it was unknown to audiences that Funny Philly was a tightwad, paying his crew paltry salaries.  The schism this created was reaching monumental proportions.

With no motivation, the stage and prop crews became sloppy and some walked away.  Funny Philly found his bookings sinking lower and lower.  It took two weeks for Funny Philly to extrapolate the cause.


By then it was too late.  The only job Funny Philly could get was that of managing the back stage door.

The words for the month of December will be provided by River.  Please, oh please, visit her site where bloggers have posted in her comment section, OR have indicated they are posting at their own site.

Being part of the writing renewal and regeneration has been a riot.  So many takes of the same words is lively and entertaining!


19 comments:

  1. I love this! A wonderful, amusing story....well done, Susan. :)

    Funny Philly was cheesy, after all! :)

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    1. It is amazing that the song became as huge as it was at the time. Apparently, Danny Kaye's performance was amazing.

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  2. Shows that being a tightwad can hurt you in the end. Coconuts or not lol

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    1. You gotta pay your crew--they make or break.

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  3. Must pay your helpers well. Or they won't be much help.

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  4. A great take on the words. My father used to sing (badly) that song too. Oh the memories...

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    1. That song would take some real talent to perform it well.

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  5. This is fabulous! I haven't heard that song since 1970. My stepdad used to sing old English funny songs when he'd had a few beers. He was a happy drunk. (until he fell asleep.)

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    1. Your dad must have had a wide range of songs.

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    2. He was a barman and before that I imagine he'd learned all the songs growing up.

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  6. Well, Merv could certainly claim to have paid his dues on the way to the top.

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    1. Merv Griffin surely did, going from performing songs all the way to being a producer of hit programs. Was a very wealthy man.

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  7. Nicely done. Such a low to end up managing the back stage door.

    I remember frequently watching The Merv Griffin show after coming home from school in the mid-60's. Him and Mike Douglas. They had some great acts on their shows.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Both became very wealthy men. I remember those day. Good memories.

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  8. I forgot I was reading fiction for a moment, and thought it was true. Well done!

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  9. Awwwww I can't believe it, lol. You've got me all choked up over Elmo!

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    1. Gotta take the humor when it presents itself.

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