Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last week we posted a few skits that Mike Nichols, the late director, producer, actor, and comedian performed with Elaine May on TV shows in the 1950s.
We had so many positive comments and requests for more of the skits that we're running another one today.
This skit takes place at a private hospital in New York. Nichols enters the emergency room with a broken arm, having just being run over by a car. Before he is examined by a doctor, he has to get past the admitting nurse, who is more interested in completing paperwork than getting care for this accident victim.
As with all of their skits, the timing is impeccable, and the laughs come from the recognition that this preposterous reaction to a person in need is sadly close to reality, or at least it was in the 1950s.
There is a bit of background noise for a few minutes in the middle of the clip, but we feel it doesn't detract from the story line and the laughs.
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