Monday, April 2, 2018


Last year we inducted Alan Brady into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.  This year's April ceremony celebrates the man without whom Alan Brady never would have come to be....

From Wikipedia:
Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, and writer whose career spans nearly seven decades.

During the early years of television comedy from 1950 to 1957, he co-wrote and acted on 'Caesar's Hour' and 'Your Show of Shows', starring Sid Caesar. In the 1960s, Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.  He also had great success as a film director and writer and partnered with Steve Martin in the 1970s when Reiner co-wrote and / or directed some of Martin's most successful films, including the 1979 film "The Jerk".

Reiner formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in "2000 Year Old Man" and acted in films such as "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" (1966) and the "Ocean"'s Trilogy (2001–2007). Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career. He is the father of actor and director Rob Reiner, author Annie Reiner, and grandfather to Tracy Reiner

One thing Ye Olde Curator of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame is not is perfect. I should have inducted Carl Reiner as himself last year in celebration of his 95th birthday.  Instead I inducted his most famous character, Alan Brady of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.  So I'm making amends for that now which is much better than waiting for the sad inevitability.

Here are the times he portrayed himself on TV:

'Good Morning, World' 
- "Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You" (1967) 

'That Girl' 
- "She Never Had the Vegas Notion" (1969) 

'The New Dick Van Dyke Show' 
- "The Replacement" (1971)

'It's Garry Shandling's Show'
- "Killer Routine" (1988) 
- "Save Mr. Peck's: Part 1" (1989) 

'The Larry Sanders Show' 
- "The Roast" (1997)

'The Bernie Mac Show'
- "Lock Down" (2002) ... Neighbor
- "Mac-Inations" (2004) ... Carl Reiner
- "Stone Nuts" (2005) ... Carl Reiner
O'BSERVATION I think they were being a bit coy in identifying a big star like Carl Reiner would be living next door to Bernie.  But two years later they embraced the idea.

Not that it counts towards his membership in the Hall, but Reiner also played himself in the Cineverse:

"The Jerk"
(as Carl Reiner The Celebrity)

So happy 96th birthday, Mr. Reiner and welcome to the Hall!  If it's any consolation for not being inducted on the milestone of your 95th birthday, you are one of the few members who have multiple incarnations in the Hall (with Alan Brady inducted last year.)


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