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."

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