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It's That Episode: Dave Bluvband Goes Marxist with 'You Bet Your Life'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (Adult Swim's Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Dave Bluvband (UCB Theatre, The Chris Gethard Show) visits Craig's apartment to watch an old episode of Groucho Marx's game show You Bet Your Life with guest Ray Bradbury. Dave and Craig talk Marx Brothers, Orson Welles, old TV and — well I guess you'll just have to listen to find out what else.

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Watching Groucho's Jokes That Were TOO HOT For 1950s TV!

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

At the beginning of the 1940s, the Marx Brothers had announced their retirement as a team. And, okay, they made two more movies to [...]

The Night Groucho Marx Took Over Dick Cavett's Show

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The other night I was listening to Alec Baldwin's interview with Dick Cavett on his show Here's the Thing, and I was trying [...]

Groucho Marx Entertained the Troops With Weed Jokes in 1943

Groucho Marx wrote this very sweet letter to U.S. troops in Suriname in 1943, in which he manages to express sincere appreciation for the troops but also include a joke about accidentally eating marijuana from his vegetable garden for an entire month. You know Harpo got him into it, that scallywag. Anyway, that versatility is why Groucho's the greatest. That and the fact that his facial features are distinct enough to be made into a mask.

Groucho Marx's Funny Apology Letter to Woody Allen

After meeting in 1961, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx became fast friends, despite their 45-year age difference. Letters of Note has a letter Groucho wrote Woody in 1967, apologizing for being out of contact for a while and it's SO great. It starts:

Dear WW:

Goodie Ace told some unemployed friend of mine that you were disappointed or annoyed or happy or drunk that I hadn't answered the letter you wrote me some years ago. You know, of course, there is no money in answering letters—unless they're letters of credit from Switzerland or the Mafia. I write you reluctantly, for I know you are doing six things simultaneously—five [...]