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  • Rest in Pies, make that peace, Soupy Sales

    TV funny man Soupy Sales dies at 83
    October 24, 2009 -- Updated 1440 GMT (2240 HKT)

    Soupy Sales entertained generations of Americans with his off-the-cuff, wacky antics. He was 83.

    "We have lost a comedy American icon," says comedian's friend and manager
    He was known for his long-running children's show "Lunch With Soupy Sales"
    Fans of the show anticipated his trademark pie-in-face gag
    Sales also seen on "To Tell the Truth" and "What's My Line?"

    The funny man seen many times on popular game shows died at a New York hospice, said Paul Dver, Sales' longtime friend and manager.

    "We have lost a comedy American icon," Dver said. "I feel the personal loss, and I also feel the magic that he had around him being gone. That's a much more severe loss than a loss of a friend."

    Sales was known for his long-running children's show "Lunch With Soupy Sales," which started in 1953 and began his trademark slapstick pie-throwing antics. The comedy show featured skits that culminated in Sales getting walloped with pies in the face.

    "Soupy was the last of the great TV comics when you talk about Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, right down to Howdy Doody," Dver said. "But it was bigger than that, because he used a children's format aimed at the kids and then he would forget he was doing a kids' show and do a wild, unrehearsed, wacky improv for a half-hour every day for 15 years."

    He could also inflame the authorities. One New Year's Day, upset at being asked to work, he asked his youthful audience to send him those "green pieces of paper" from their parents' wallets. Though he didn't receive much -- he told The New York Times he received only a few dollars -- he was suspended for a week for the prank.

    Later in his career, he was a regular on TV game shows, such as "Hollywood Squares," "To Tell the Truth" and "What's My Line?"

    Sales recently fell backstage at a local Emmy awards show in New York and developed serious ailments after that, Dver said.

    I enjoyed him very much as a kid. He, and his characters Pookie, and White Fang, made me laugh....anyone else remember him?

    I still remember one of his (very) corny jokes: "You show my a cow flying over my friend and I'll show you a Moo'en over my Ami!"
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

  • #2
    RIP Soupy Sales
    "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865


    • #3
      I remember watching every day and taking my one a day multi vitamin with him.
      Though their numbers are many, as the grass upon the field, we will count them at the end of the day.


      • #4
        RIP Black Tooth and White Fang!

        Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.



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          Never missed it.
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