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Pat Paulsen's Half A Comedy Hour: The Complete Series (2009)

Pat Paulsen , Pat Paulsen  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pat Paulsen
  • Directors: Pat Paulsen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1970, the late, legendary comedian Pat Paulsen starred in THE PAT PAULSEN HALF A COMEDY HOUR, his own series for ABC-TV, following his three years as a regular cast member on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" - and his 1968 campaign to become president of the United States!

THE PAT PAULSEN HALF A COMEDY HOUR features the famous deadpan delivery of the show's star in a variety of 70s-flavored skits and settings, co-starring a stellar roster of guest stars such as Don Rickles, Angie Dickinson, Tom Smothers, Debbie Reynolds, Andy Williams, Don Adams, Henry Fonda, Mike Connors, Wilt Chamberlain, JoAnn Worley and even Daffy Duck!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Pat Paulsen was a "quirky" entertainer, like Tiny Tim, Mrs. Miller, or The Gang. This 2-disc set contains all 13 episodes of his 1970 TV series. Guest stars of all kind show up in the first 11 episodes, the best being Hubert Humphrey, Jean Byron, Tiny Tim, Miss Vickie and (grrrrrrrrr!) Joey Heatherton. There are no guest stars in episode #12, but it is the best episode because in it Pat sings a serious song called "Did I Ever Really Live?", which was written by Allen Sherman from his Broadway show "The Fig Leaves Are Falling". This was an old promo 45 on Mercury (which should have been a hit but wasn't). The song is also on Pat's 1970 album "Live At The Ice House". (Oddly enough, Rich Little sang this song on an old Colgems 45!). In fact, some of Pat's bits on this series ("finger shadows", "Hawaii song", "folk song", etc) were also on his "Ice House" LP. Sadly, "Ice House" isn't on CD. The final episode (#13) is a true TV classic, ending the series in a "full circle" way. In episode #1, Pat jokes that if this series gets cancelled after 13 weeks many people will be unemployed and their children will starve. Episode #13 begins with Pat saying his series has been cancelled and this is the last show. In the final scene of the last episode, those "starving children" show up. But even they don't like Pat, and run away from him. The final shot shows a close-up of Pat with a tear in his eye. Brilliant satire. Another highlight is the closing tag to #12. In reality, Pat knew the show had been axed by ABC because of poor ratings (it was opposite FAMILY AFFAIR and DANIEL BOONE). But instead of saying this, he instead announces he won't return for a second season because he wants to quit while he's still on top. Again, simply brilliant. I never thought I'd see this show again, so I'm happy it's on DVD. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Then Came Paulsen September 28, 2009
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The Pat Paulsen Half A Comedy Hour was a mid-season replacement in 1970 that my brother and myself never missed. I remember it as one of the funniest shows on televison and am eager to see how it stands the test of time. Regular routines included a takeoff on a popular series of the same period called "Then Came Bronson" about a disillusioned man who quits his job to travel the country on his motorcycle and "find America." Called "Then Came Paulsen" it included tongue-in-cheek titles like "I've Got A Monkey On My Back And I Can't Stop." Another frequent segment was called "Hobbie Hut" where Paulsen regularly destroyed the projects of his American Indian co-host. Interview segments included Daffy Duck and a very funny double interview with a very ratty looking Smoke the Bear and the Cookie Bear form the Andy Williams Show. I'm very excited about the opportunity to see this again. Paulsen was a gifted comedian whose career was too short.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Remember This Fondly September 22, 2009
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I am excited to see this again. I have very fond memories of this funny show, including Pat Paulson's interview with Daffy Duck. Sometimes old TV is best remembered rather than seen again, but I think this might be the exception. I hope so. I may not be fourteen any more, but I am not that much more sophisticated than I was then. Sad, huh?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING March 31, 2010
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Love Pat Paulsen. Children must have been writing this show! Some good guest stars (Mike Connors!), some (stress, some) funny bits especially the VW and the sledgehammer and pleading for more than 13 episodes, and a clip from the first Smothers Brothers Show with Pat as a "famous star". Don't regret getting, as I really like Pat, but he was let down by writing and deserved better. Colour and print quality are okay, but considering the age I thought it would be better. Dean Martin shows from the '60s look better.

If you pick it up for around $15, you'll probably find enough to justify its purchase especially if you like Pat. (Still remember him quite vividly in an episode of "The Wild, Wild West"!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 21, 2011
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I originally watched this show when it was first broadcast, but could not remember much. Being a Pat Paulsen fan I purchased this series to re-kindle that enthusiasm. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was somewhat dimmed. The production qualities are excellent, but I now recall why this series was canceled after 13 weeks. Pat was a great monologist, and his deadpan delivery of comical material was top notch. But he was not a great sketch comic. There is not much to recommend as far as funny bits are concerned. In fact some of the sketches were downright terrible and repetitive ("Peanut Brittle, Mister" and "Then Came Paulsen" being the two worst, in my opinion). This set also includes a collection of his later commercials, which are funnier than some of the comedy routines. Perhaps someone can collect his "Smothers Brothers" appearances. That was where he was at his funniest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny after all these years July 1, 2011
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Pat Paulsen is timeless. No one can deadpan like Pat.Great to see these lost episodes. Guest stars like Hubert Humphrey, they don't make them like him anymore!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back Again December 29, 2010
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This was an interesting era in television. Pat was a major hit on the TV series The Smothers Brothers, especially with his run for president. Pick fun at the establishment in a way never done before. Unfortunately it all hit home far too well and the series was cancelled. It is great to relive some of the unusual humor Pat and his writers created to attack the days and times of my youth and a government being forced to account for its actions like never before.
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