June 1, 2011

A Week of Winters

Jonathan's newest album available on cd and digital download at Amazon!

Please read this post before you continue. Thanks!

I have not been able to post all the great Jonathan Winters moments that I intended to today, so I am going to dedicate this entire week to the cause of encouraging people to purchase Jonathan's new (maybe last) comedy album, Final Approach.

I want to thank cartoonist Mike Lynch for helping to spread the word on his blog, and I want to encourage as many bloggers as possible to participate. It's not very often that people get the chance to personally show appreciation to their pop culture heroes, and I think it would be a shame if we waited until his passing to celebrate his achievements or to just say, simply, "We love you." Even if your blog is not normally associated with Show Bidness or comedians or actors, if Jonathan has ever slayed you with his inventive improvisational skills, please consider making an off-topic post. Facebook it. Tweet it. Tell your friends at work.

Jonathan Winters is 85 years old. He is a veteran of WWII. His trailblazing comedy has left an indelible mark on humor. His acting turns in classic movies like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World are unforgettable. If laughter is the best medicine, we are all much healthier because of his presence in our lives.

I know Jonathan is too shy and proud a person to solicit sales in this way. That's why I am doing it. I still haven't heard Final Approach, but I am looking forward to the experience of reuniting with old friends like Maude Frickert, and I hope you are too.

Speaking of Maudie, here's a clip of Jonathan in that memorable role, getting a little frisky with Dean Martin and ribbing Dean's pianist Ken Lane.

YouTube clip originally posted by marilynmortician

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid I loved his weekly show. In one episode he smuggles his brother, Franscois, across the border in a suitcase. My brother and I laughed ourselves sick and told it to each other endlessly. Does anyone know how I might find it?