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Kiko
23rd October 09, 12:49 PM
DETROIT – Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died. He was 83.
Sales died Thursday night at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, Usher said.
At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and '60s, Sales was one of the best-known faces in the nation, Usher said.
"If President Eisenhower would have walked down the street, no one would have recognized him as much as Soupy," Usher said.
At the same time, Sales retained an openness to fans that turned every restaurant meal into an endless autograph-signing session, Usher said.
"He was just good to people," said Usher, a former jazz music producer who managed Sales in the 1950s and now owns Detroit-based Marine Pollution Control.
Sales began his TV career in Cincinnati and Cleveland, then moved to Detroit, where he drew a large audience on WXYZ-TV. He moved to Los Angeles in 1961.
The comic's pie-throwing schtick became his trademark, and celebrities lined up to take one on the chin alongside Sales. During the early 1960s, stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine received their just desserts side-by-side with the comedian on his television show.
"I'll probably be remembered for the pies, and that's all right," Sales said in a 1985 interview.
Sales was born Milton Supman on Jan. 8, 1926, in Franklinton, North Carolina, where his was the only Jewish family in town. His parents, owners of a dry-goods store, sold sheets to the Ku Klux Klan. The family later moved to Huntington, West Viriginia.
His greatest success came in New York with "The Soupy Sales Show" — an ostensible children's show that had little to do with Captain Kangaroo and other kiddie fare. Sales' manic, improvisational style also attracted an older audience that responded to his envelope-pushing antics.
Sales, who was typically clad in a black sweater and oversized bow-tie, was once suspended for a week after telling his legion of tiny listeners to empty their mothers' purse and mail him all the pieces of green paper bearing pictures of the presidents.
The cast of "Saturday Night Live" later paid homage by asking their audience to send in their joints. His influence was also obvious in the Pee-Wee Herman character created by Paul Reubens.
Sales returned from the Navy after World War II and became a $20-a-week reporter at a West Virginia radio station. He jumped to a DJ gig, changed his name to Soupy Heinz and headed for Ohio.
His first pie to the face came in 1951, when the newly christened Soupy Sales was hosting a children's show in Cleveland. In Detroit, Sales' show garnered a national reputation as he honed his act — a barrage of sketches, gags and bad puns that played in the Motor City for seven years.
After moving to Los Angeles, he eventually became a fill-in host on "The Tonight Show."
He moved to New York in 1964 and debuted "The Soupy Sales Show," with co-star puppets White Fang (the meanest dog in the United States) and Black Tooth (the nicest dog in the United States). By the time his Big Apple run ended two years later, Sales had appeared on 5,370 live television programs — the most in the medium's history, he boasted. He had a pair of albums that hit the Billboard Top 10 in 1965; "Do the Mouse" sold 250,000 copies in New York alone.
Sales remained a familiar television face, first as a regular from 1968-75 on the game show "What's My Line?" and later appearing on everything from "The Mike Douglas Show" to "The Love Boat." He played himself in the 1998 movie "Holy Man," which starred Eddie Murphy.
He joined WNBC-AM as a disc jockey in 1985, a stint best remembered because Sales filled the hours between shock jocks Don Imus and Howard Stern.
Sales is survived by his wife, Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony, a pair of musicians who backed David Bowie in the band Tin Machine.


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Pie-splattered comedian Soupy Sales dies at 83 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091023/ap_en_ce/us_obit_sales)

RIP, funnyman!


One of the best kids shows that was not for kids.... *sigh*

meataxe
23rd October 09, 08:07 PM
Wow, I actually remember him. RIP

WarPhalange
23rd October 09, 11:04 PM
Hah! Who's laughing now, Soupy???

Ajamil
24th October 09, 12:48 AM
You fail, for we all are. Pie in the face. I didn't know he "invented" the gag.

Kiko
24th October 09, 05:23 AM
You'd be laughing if you clicked the link at the bottom of this page....ooh, wait, I think it's in the picture... NSFW, btw..

http://www.detroitkidshow.com/naked_soupy. (http://www.detroitkidshow.com/naked_soupy.htm)

Let me let you in on a little secret. Lunch with Soupy Sales, Detroit’s most popular TV kid’s show, wasn’t really a kid’s show at all. Oh sure, Soupy always reminded the kiddies to take their vitaminnies and eat Silvercup Bread, “the best bread in Dee-troit,” but the show always relied on more adult oriented humor. In a 1958 Detroit Times article Sales even admitted, “There’s really no message to this show. It’s actually a kid’s show for adults.”
Soupy and his straight man, puppeteer Clyde Adler, were basically a modern day vaudeville team. Their routines borrowed heavily from old school burlesque and yellowed copies of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang, a series of bawdy post WWI joke books. The humor was ancient and corny but it was new to the kids. The fact that Soupy occasionally snuck in risqué material got the older kids and adults watching too.
The show never had a live studio audience, except for a very vocal stage crew. Soupy always tried to crack up the crew, and they were more than happy to reciprocate. For example, Soupy’s orange juice was on more than one occasion spiked with 100 proof vodka, courtesy of the stagehands. Another crew prank involved the placing of dirty notes between the buns of Soupy’s hamburger. When Soupy lifted the top of the bun to put ketchup on his burger he’d see the dirty note, which would invariably break him up.
The most well known gag from the show ranks as one of the classic outtakes in TV history, thanks to Dick Clark’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes TV show. So without further ado, I give you the true story of the famous “Naked Lady Behind The Door.”
There never was a written script for the show; Soupy and Clyde would just work out what they were going to do, giving the director a bare-bones outline for camera angles and sound cues. The bit was for the ET man to play a recording of a woman screaming. Soupy would then run to the door, open it, and look down to see a pair of women’s shoes being pulled by fishing line, running from a pair of men’s shoes. Blackout, cut to commercial.
The studio that day was filled with curious onlookers who were in on the joke. Soupy knew that something was up, but he wasn’t quite sure what. The show started precisely at noon, and ran smoothly. At about 12:27 Soupy, as rehearsed, heard a woman’s scream. He ran to the door, opened it, and instead of a pair of women’s shoes saw a nude woman wearing nothing but a smile. Soupy stole a quick glance at the master monitor, hoping that the curvaceous cutie’s image wasn’t being broadcast live over the airwaves. Sure enough, to his horror the monitor showed exactly what Soupy had feared- a smiling nude woman. The engineers were clever enough to patch a different camera angle into the monitor, making Soupy think that thousands of Detroit kiddies were at home eating their lunches in front of the TV while getting a lesson in female anatomy. In reality, what the kids saw was a speechless Soupy standing next to an open door, nothing more. Soupy saw what he thought was his career passing before his eyes.
http://www.detroitkidshow.com/surprise.jpg (http://www.detroitkidshow.com/NakedSoupClipp.wmv) Since the show was broadcast live, no video footage exists. The gag was recreated once more in Los Angeles in 1962, but because the show had gone completely to videotape by then, any flubs could be easily edited out, making the practical joke less effective. The L.A. footage has survived; in the 1990s it became a popular part of Soupy’s nightclub act. Naked Lady number two married a California banker, while Naked Lady number one’s whereabouts are unknown.

billy sol hurok
24th October 09, 10:02 AM
Sweet, funny guy.

R.I.P. Soupy.

WarPhalange
24th October 09, 12:42 PM
You fail, for we all are. Pie in the face. I didn't know he "invented" the gag.

He deserves to rot in hell for that. Do you know how many kids could have been fed with all that wasted food?

Ajamil
24th October 09, 01:03 PM
You could save a few hundred mouths, maybe. But he decided to lighten a few million hearts with them instead.

Kiko
24th October 09, 05:41 PM
He deserves to rot in hell for that. Do you know how many kids could have been fed with all that wasted food?

Most throwing pies are made with shaving cream.

Why do you have to be such an ass??? WHY???

WarPhalange
24th October 09, 07:31 PM
Most throwing pies are made with shaving cream.

Why do you have to be such an ass??? WHY???

Because it's funny!

Ajamil
24th October 09, 11:40 PM
You forgot to hit her with a pie.

Kiko
25th October 09, 06:14 AM
*hits PL in the face with a pie, cause his av is just begging for one.... AND because it's FUNNY*

FickleFingerOfFate
25th October 09, 09:55 AM
I grew up watching Soupy on Detroit TV.

Good times.


The older among us, will miss him.

Everyone else will wonder who he was.

Kein Haar
25th October 09, 02:23 PM
Kiko,

Actually it's ILLEGAL to misrepresent shaving cream as a pie.

One has to create a bona-fide pie which meets restaurant standards. Crust, filling...everything.

That is the industry standard. It can't even be more left at room temperature for more than 24 hours.

Kiko
25th October 09, 03:04 PM
Who knew you were on the Pie Inspection Commission?

I thought you were a cop!

Anyhow... the pies aren't being sold... which would you rather be hit with?

*squirts A with seltzer*

Ajamil
25th October 09, 03:11 PM
Then I know plenty of schools that have been quite illegal. Do you mean in public broadcasting?