Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers.
Last Episode24x25 David Frye, Melanie, Sandler and Y… Aired: Mar. 28, 1971
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- On Tuesday, 11 August 2009, the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was…
[show]On Tuesday, 11 August 2009, the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "The Ed Sullivan Show" has a picture of its star/host, Ed Sullivan. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951), Dragnet (1951), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Hopalong Cassidy, The Honeymooners, "Puppet Playhouse" (1947), I Love Lucy, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Lassie, The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason, The Phil Silvers Show, The Red Skelton Show, "Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle" (1948), "Tonight!" (1953), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
- The Dave Clark Five performed more times on the show than any other British act.
- "Toast of the Town" was re-titled "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Sunday, September 18th, 1955, (the beginning of the 8th season).