"The legacy is the political thing. It was a pretty good comedy act, and that's all we were, except that we happened to meet at the scene of the accident and it elevated it above what we really are -- just performers and pretty good ones. That little scene of the accident elevated us, and we handled ourselves well in that environment of confrontation, and maintained our integrity. That's a sweet little thing."
About This Interview
In their nearly three-hour Archive interview, Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers each individually chronicle their early years and influences. They are then interviewed together regarding their work as the "Smothers Brothers." They speak about their first network series, the short-lived situation comedy The Smothers Brothers Show. They discuss in detail, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the controversy surrounding the series topical material that led to its cancellation by CBS in 1969. The two describe the series comedy sketches, guest stars who appeared and the tempestuous era in which it ran. They also talk about their resurgence as performers and the legacy of their comedy act. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Las Vegas, NV on October 14, 2000.