The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

For over 24 years Ed Sullivan brought a wide variety of entertainment to the American audience, from future rock n' roll legends to ventriloquists, Toast of the Town gave some very memorable (and not so memorable) entertainers their place in television history.

CBS Television hired Sullivan in 1948 to host a program entitled Toast Of The Town, which would air weekly on Sunday nights. This later became The Ed Sullivan Show. The program originated each week from CBS Studio 50 on Broadway in New York City, which in 1967 was renamed the Ed Sullivan Theater and is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Among his many accolades, Sullivan is credited for "discovering" The Beatles, as they were in the process of conquering Europe and the rest of the world, and bringing them to the United States, featuring them three weeks in a row in early 1964. The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, February 9, 1964, was the most-watched television program in history to that point, and remains one of the most-watched TV programs of all time.

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Episode Info

Final: 24x25 -- David Frye, Melanie, Sandler and Young (Mar/28/1971)

Ed SullivanEd Sullivan
As Himself (Host)
Ralph PaulRalph Paul
voiced Announcer (1964 - 1971)
Art HannesArt Hannes
voiced Announcer (1949 - 1964)
Bern BennettBern Bennett
voiced Announcer (1948 - 1949)

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Co-Executive Producer: Marlo Lewis
Producer: Chester Feldman, Bob Precht
Associate Producer: Jack McGeehan
Casting: Jack Babb
Music: Buddy Arnold (1), Ray Bloch
Camera Operator: Bob Heller, George Moses, Pat McBride
Art Director: Bill Bohnert

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Recurring Guests

Johnny Wayne (55 eps)
Frank Shuster (55 eps)
Jack Carter (41 eps)
Peter Gennaro (39 eps)
Roberta Peters (39 eps)
Alan King (38 eps)
Jerry Stiller (36 eps)
Anne Meara (35 eps)
Myron Cohen (30 eps)
Teresa Brewer (29 eps)

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Classification: Variety
Genre: Celebrities | Comedy | Family | Music | Talent
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 20, 1948
Ended: June 06, 1971
• Toast of the Town (original title)
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