There was never a time in my life that I was unaware of the Marx Brothers. When I was a kid, as Thanksgiving rolled around, a local TV station would air “A Night At The Opera.” I used to take the double-LP “An Evening With Groucho” out of the library and listen to it for weeks on end. From the same library, I’d keep Joe Adamson’s biography, Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and sometimes Zeppo, for as long as the renewals would let me. As a kid, I naturally gravitated towards Harpo’s clownish buffoonery. As I grew up, more wiser and more appreciative of comedy, I glommed onto Groucho. To this day, he remains my favorite of the brothers.
Recently, I found Groucho’s appearance on the old game show, What’s My Line. In it, Groucho derails the entire program by… well… being Groucho. After all, he had free reign on his own game show, You Bet Your Life, so it’s not too far of a stretch to surmise that his rules for that show would apply to this one, especially with Henry LaFontaine, a man who bears a resemblance to then-Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev. This show was broadcast the day after Kruschev was barred from entering Disneyland.
So sit back and enjoy some vintage Groucho. And remember, if you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. He makes it seem so effortless, doesn’t he?