Who Were On The Ed Sullivan Show
Ed Sullivan Show is a major part of comedy history. The variety show
aired from 1948 to to 1971. Originally
Toast of The Town, the show was watched by millions of
every Sunday night at 8PM. Ed himself was a controversial figure. The
Museum of Broadcast Communications
webpage is a good resource to learn about him.
Impersonators would make fun of his stiff and seemingly humorless
personality, yet at the same time it was that very personality that
allowed him to " get out of the way" and make the perfomers the stars
of his show. No one can doubt his influence and his ability to
understand talent and show business. Below is a list of
comedians, comedy teams, impressionists, and other perfomers who
primarily used comedy in their acts. All of them appeared on the Ed
Sullivan Show. Some of the performers are mentioned on other parts of
but many are not. In an effort to present them to you, we
used different sources. In some case you will find videos from YouTube,
in others newspaper or magazine articles, IMDb pages, Wikipedia,
and sometimes the
obituaries of the comedian. When the perfomer's name is
by an * , there is a video of an actual Ed Sullivan Show performance.
There are numerous videos that include other performers. This page was
fun to develop and contains much show business history. Enjoy!