Remembering actor and comedian ED WYNN (1886 – 1966), who was born on November 9th. In the 1949-50 season, Ed Wynn hosted one of the first comedy-variety television shows, on CBS, and won both a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award in 1949. Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, and The Three Stooges all made guest appearances with Wynn.
Ed Wynn is a familiar face best known for playing laughing Uncle Albert in 1974’s Mary Poppins and he also provided the voice for the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was a successful vaudeville and comedy performer in the 30s and earned an Oscar nomination for his part in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). He was also originally offered the role of the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz but turned it down claiming it “too small”. He died in 1966, aged 79.
In olden times, from the ’20s through the ’50s, our favorite comics were not stand-up stars or talk show hosts, they were the masters of vaudeville transformed on screen—clowns that could get laughs by gestures and nuance, slapstick and absurdity. For your post-Christmas pleasure, here are some of my faves. Can you recall who they were? #comics