The Ed Sullivan Show has been gone forty years now, but if you’re old enough, and I am, you see both historical and mythological value in that Sunday-night staple. So does Rich Appel:
For nothing but kicks, I thought I’d put together a guest list for a typical hour of Sullivan in January 2012. Of course, these days it’d be in L.A.
- Michael Bublé
- Vova and Olga Galchenko (brother-sister juggling team)
- Larry the Cable Guy
- Criss Angel
- Jackie Evancho
- Cirque de Soleil
- The Muppets
- New Directions from Glee
Not sure how you’d top a guest list like that, but therein lies the challenge. It’s a good bet that one of the acts listed above wouldn’t get to perform, and Ed (or whoever) would have to run out at :59:40 and say: “We’re running a little late, so … goodnight!”
The Muppets, incidentally, appeared more than two dozen times on the original Sullivan show, starting in 1966, three years before Sesame Street.
Now if we could only find someone to spin plates to Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.