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SOUPY SALES, R.I.P.
October 23rd, 2009 by admin

I never saw the early TV comedy pioneer perform his principal kidvid act, until best-of packages showed up on home video. His major work was a live local show that began in Detroit back in the medium’s dawning years, then bounced between stations in LA and NY. Only brief portions of these runs attained national syndication.

To those of us in the rest of America, Sales was principally known as a journeyman TV personality—a game show panelist, a talk show guest, an Ed Sullivan Show novelty act. Even without his puppets, his cream pies, and his running gags, he remained an always-welcome presence, an eternal icon of youth and wit and absurdity.

He also nurtured the early musical careers of his sons Hunt and Tony Sales. They went on to play on Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” and in David Bowie’s band Tin Machine.


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