Monday, March 10, 2014
Commedia dell'arte on Comedy Central
It has been a long time since the Commedia dell'arte routine “Lazzo of the Hands Behind the Back” was featured on a television series. It was almost forty-five years ago that Don Adams and Don Rickles performed the routine on an episode of Get Smart called "The Little Black Book" (1968).
Sitcoms have changed a lot since that time. Modern-day comedy writers no longer see a use for such old-fashioned silliness. Yet, the routine recently turned up as a party game on an episode of Broad City called "Hurricane Wanda."