Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Great Jewish Comedians: Jack Carter Sings "What's the Matter With Kids?" on the Judy Garland Show
Jack Carter (1922-2015) was born Jack Chakrin in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family. Carter served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He hosted an early television variety program called Cavalcade of Stars on the DuMont Network. He was lured to NBC to host his own program titled The Jack Carter Show.
Carter recommended Jackie Gleason to take his place as host of Cavalcade of Stars. The Jack Carter Show appeared under the banner of the Saturday Night Revue, NBC's two-and-a-half-hour Saturday night programming slot. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by the 90-minute Your Show of Shows starring Sid Caesar,Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. Carter remained friends with Sid Caesar his entire life and delivered the eulogy at his funeral.
In this excerpt from the Judy Garland Show in 1963, Carter delivers a riff on teenage behavior after singing What's the Matter with Kids Today?, the classic song from Bye Bye Birdie.
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