Oops… forgot to post this yesterday. Too busy. This quick warm up sketch is in honor of the passing of one of the all-time great comedic “straight-men”. Leslie Nielson, who passed away a few days ago at age 84, also was one of the greatest “career reinvention” stories in entertainment. Nielson had a long career as a protoypical handsome leading man and was often cast as the serious minded hero in movies and TV. Then in 1980 his turn in the hit parody movie “Airplane” changed his focus from drama to comedy and launched him to greater heights as a deadpan staple in spoof movies including the “Naked Gun” series.
Airplane came out at the perfect time for me… I was a freshman in high school and found it to be comedic gold. R.I.P. Mr. Nielson. God has probably been laughing himself silly all week in your company.
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