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Joey Bishop, R.I.P.

By admin Published: October 18, 2007

Joey Bishop

The comedian has died, with the Associated Press obit here. (Note that Bishop's solo standup work began in Cleveland.)

Bishop had a decent career, even if a lot of it involved being considered a second-stringer -- behind Frank/Dean/Sammy in the Rat Pack, behind Johnny Carson in the late-night talk-show wars. In fact, one of my co-workers at first confused Bishop with Sid Caesar.

But the guy made me laugh when I was a kid. I don't remember his standup at all, but I do remember "The Joey Bishop Show" from the '60s, and the good work by Bishop, Abby Dalton and Corbett Monica. In fact, when I looked it up in The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, I was surprised to see that it ran just a few seasons. It has been a constant in my kid-TV memory.

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