Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Funny Funny Philly


Merv Griffin in early years

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 backstage door.

This are a Wed. Words challenge from Delores in 2015. I love this stuff. Playing with words is so fun.

34 comments:

  1. Funny this, my girl recognized Phil from her seat next to mine on her computer. He still did not rign a bell until she told me who he was. Of course Sherry's family had a TV in the 50's we did not. LOL
    I love the play on words you do. And you do it so well.

    Love from over here.

    Sherry & jack (side by side, different computers!)

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    1. Thinking back about those performers leads me to recognize these people.

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    1. Thanks, Carole! On b/w TV, such acts were common.

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  3. Nice piece. You had me wondering if Funny Philly were a real person.

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    1. That is a good question. there were probably guys like this, making a living singing songs like this.

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    2. Undoubtedly! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  4. I had not heard od Funny Philly. I do remember many others singing Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. I have seen old clips of Merv Griffin Singing it. Great song.

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    1. Funny Philly is a name I made up. For some reason I liked the F and Ph sounds. No idea why, but there you go.

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  5. A lovely tribute to Delores. She will be missed (and is already).

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  6. You certainly spun a fun tale. I had no idea who Merv Griffin was. I enjoyed the song, though.

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    1. I think he went on to be one of the life tv talk shows, and also created many shows over the years.

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  7. They don't write songs like this any more! Do you remember "May be because I'm a Londoner" and "Knees up Mother Brown?"

    God bless.

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    1. Oh, Mother Brown! Strange but great entertainment.

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  8. Ya gotta love karma. I do remember Merv and you really worked the words in well.

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  9. This is why one should always pay one's employees more than they're worth.

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    1. Hard to convince some bosses. When our district superintendent shot down a COLA negotiation, he offered 1.34% pay raise. Yup

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  10. If you don't pay your crew, you won't have one. Fun story!

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  11. I haven't heard that song since the early 70s. My step-dad used to sing lots of funny songs when he was drunk, until he fell asleep, and that was one of his favourites. He always fell asleep right after singing "Show me the way to go home".

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  12. Dear Susan, I so enjoyed Merv and the early days of television. I don't remember hearing Merv sing this one. (I do remember the song!) Oh the fun of things when it didn't have to be smutty or suggestive. And Merv, of course, helped bring us Carol Burnett! Thanks for the memories, Susan. Peace.

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    1. I didn't know that Merv could sing. Carol Burnett, of course.

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  13. I'm going to have to try one of these, someday...

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  14. The Merv clip was so fun. Of course, now I have an ear worm. Probably similar to Funny Philly. Hopefully, he has learned every workman is worthy of his hire.

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    1. I suspect he will change professions, one where honesty is not required.

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  15. they were great artists indeed my friend!

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    1. They were the groundbreakers when it came to b/w tv.

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  16. That song was always played as the crowd left the soccer stadium of our little hometown team, but only when they won. Fred was a lifelong supporter of the team but it was still a surprise to hear "I've Got A Luverly Bunch Of Coconuts" being played - at the end of his funeral! Everyone left the church smiling.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!