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

3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IRYYDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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I liked Pat Paulsen on the Smothers Brothers show. On his show from the first show it sounds like he expects the show to be cancelled. Having Hubert Humphrey on as the first guest wasn't a good idea. Being a skit show it is easy to skip a part you don't like as I did several times. If you like him give it try otherwise pass on this.
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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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Pat Paulsen was, apart from Alfred E. Neuman, one of the great comic Presidential candidates, and a very funny guy in an understated, dead pan brand of comedy. This is not the greatest TV skit show of all time, but it has aged well and you get to see "Super Dave Osborne" before he became famous for that role.
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I remember loving Pat Paulson on the Smothers Brothers. I also remember not being impressed with his own show. So I bought the DVD's. The season started out well and quickly went south. I thought that seemed strange.

Then I did something few others here did. I read the material that came with the DVD.

It seems the entire season was filmed in 1 weekend!

Trying to get a guest star at 3 AM Sunday morning was not going to happen. That also why the last few episodes were not as energetic as the first. I can not imagine anyone doing something like this and doing it this well.
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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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