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Tomfoolery Show, The

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Original Air Date:
1970
Channel:
NBC
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The Yonghy Bonghy Bo -
The Umbrageous Umbrella Maker -
The Fastidious Fish -
The Enthusiastic Elephant -
The Scrooby Snake -
 
Based on the characters in Edward Lear's 'The Nonsense Books', the characters would tell jokes, limericks, and stories. The show was modeled after 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'. The Tomfoolery Show was a short-lived collection of animated shorts based on the nonsensical poetry of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, with occasional nods to other literary classics by Ogden Nash and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The high-minded concept went straight over the heads of its young viewers and the show was cancelled after just one season, but not before introducing us to such amusing recurring characters as the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo (whose head was ever so much bigger than his body), the Scroobious Snake, the Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich, the Enthusiastic Elephant, the Fitzgibbious Fish, the Umbrageous Umbrella Maker and the Worrying Whizzing Wasp.
 
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