This is an audio track of the famous late night TV show. Steve talks about singer Tex Bennecky, and Hop Along Cassidy. After a break to play a few bars on his piano, Steve gets to the high point of the program.
Al Jolson adlibs and talks with the late night crowd about his kids, and things in general. Al is on the ball when he uses a few of Steves jokes from early on as a running gag. Through the fluid interaction with both the audience, and Steve, Al works in several songs until his time is up, and the show wraps up with a few moments in the Snake Pit. What’s the Snake Pit? Just Steve bringing on guests from the audience for a moment in the limelight.
Note: The Steve Allen show is the fore runner of the Tonight Show, and had many of the same features: monolog, audience interaction, guest interviews, features and stunts where the host did crazy things, and more. Steve Allen played piano, but at times started the show with an amphibious assault with the Marines, rode a horse on to the set, went on the street to ask passerbys to help him change clothes in a phone booth, and had a cult following of fans that returned from night to night to take part in his studio audience.
The track for this show is nearly an hour, but the casual interchange with the legend, Al Jolson moves by so fast, it makes me wish it could be longer. The out of work celebrity would be in his 60’s at this timeand shows he can still perform well.
I don’t have it, and didn’t look for it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to know this episode might be found on youtube.com. If someone finds it let me know, and I’ll link to it.