Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Soup - age 83


When I was in my early 20's, I used to make a point of being home in the late afternoon so I would never miss The Soupy Sales TV Show.

I think It was a children's show, but if it was, it was the hippest kids show ever.

And falling down funny.

Watch this clip of Soupy with Fang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As7MaQSc7qc&feature=related

In 1983, when I began "A Little Berner in the Night" on CJOR radio, the first celebrity I interviewed was Soupy Sales. He was on the phone from New York.

He absolutely loved it when I told him that I held him right up there with the Three B's - Benny, Burns and Berle. He laughed his head off, which allowed me to demand, "So how come your name don't begin with a B?"

We did the whole interview on tape in the afternoon to play later that night.

He was impossibly funny.

I thanked him and hung up the phone.

I rewound the tape and settled in to listen to this pure gold.

Of course, I had forgotten to press the little red "RECORD" button. I have always been so technology challenged. To this day, I am only a blink away from needing someone to come over and turn on the lights.

Now, here's chutzpah...

I phoned Soupy right back.

I explained my terrible gaffe and he said, "So, David...you want me to do the whole thing over again?"

This was about a half hour piece.

Guess what?

He said, "Start the tape, press the red button, you shmock, and let's go."

Milton Supman has passed away at the age of 83.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

David, did you know that Soupy was a huge jazz fan ? Check this out -
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/soupy-sales-jazz-maven-brought-live-gigs-to-the-small-screen/?hp


Ron H

Gazetteer said...

Mr. B--

Wow!

You still have that tape by chance?

Because, you know, we do have the technology to.....

You can always send me an Email at pacificgazette at yahoo dot the canada suffix.

RossK