Thursday, October 04, 2007
31 Days of Halloween - Day 4 Movie 2
When I was a kid, there were two comedians that I found funnier than anyone else. One was Don Knotts. The other was Paul Lynde. It took me many years to catch on to why my parents were so concerned with my infatuation with Paul Lynde.
"The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" aired only once, back on October 29, 1976, and was believe lost for the past 30 years. Notable, mostly as the television debut of the rock group, KISS, master tapes have been found and the special is now available on DVD from S'More Entertainment. If you were born after this initially aired, there's no way you are going to want to watch this. The jokes are horrendous. The references, including skits about CB radio, disco, and guest stars Roz "Pinky Tuscadero" Kelly will be well outside your life experience. For those of us who witnessed this special when it first aired, it's a pleasant bit of nostalgia, much like "The Star Wars Holiday Special" only without the cool Boba Fett cartoon. Though to be fair, "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" is easier to sit through.
Other guests include Billy Barty, Florence Henderson, Tim Conway, blink and you'll miss them Donnie and Marie Osmond, and in full make-up, Billie Hayes as Witchie Poo from H.R. Pufnstuf and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.
KISS performs "Detroit Rock City," "Beth," and "King of the Nighttime World."