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Mother's Little Network; The Luckiest Fisherman

Part of New Television Workshop.

This comic program features a skit about the luckiest fisherman in all of Boston, even America. A man who literally has fish flying out of the air at him. Approximate date: 1976

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Mother's Little Network

The Luckiest Fisherman

Program Description

Tony Kahn, Arnie Reisman, Dick Bartlett, Ernie Foss and Nancy Spiller in half-hour comedy. Billing itself as “the only show on PBS with no English host,” this comic program presents several short skits. Many of these rely on visual gags. A tortilla falls onto a record turntable. Four hard-boiled detectives narrating a story from the wheel of a car turn out to be driving the same car. A flaming cheeseburger crashes into a miniature set. A lucky fisherman literally has fish flying out of the air at him. “Bionic Bag Boy” runs through the aisles of the supermarket. In a Psycho-esque shower scene a woman is pelted with cream pies. A character reminiscent of “Taxi Driver’s” Travis Bickle gives a cab ride to a group of disgruntled stuffed animals in a skit entitled “Taxi Dermist.” In a segment evocative of Mr. Rodgers neighborhood, “Mr. Ernie” takes of his sweater and shoes, continuing to strip down to his boxer shorts.

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Reisman, Arnie
Kahn, Tony
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Mother's Little Network; The Luckiest Fisherman,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed February 26, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E180E108D8F4A6680DF5E30AFFAD660.
MLA: “Mother's Little Network; The Luckiest Fisherman.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. February 26, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E180E108D8F4A6680DF5E30AFFAD660>.
APA: Mother's Little Network; The Luckiest Fisherman. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E180E108D8F4A6680DF5E30AFFAD660
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