This was Television on June 5

1954: Your Show of Shows concludes

One of the foundational texts of television comedy, the sketch and performance showcase concluded a four-season run on NBC. Headed by Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, the cast and writers room of Your Show of Shows produced a host of comedy greats, including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, and Carl Reiner—who would use his experiences on the program as the basis for a sitcom he later created, The Dick Van Dyke Show-A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Chad Allen, frontier dweller (39); Mary Kay Bergman, voice actress (d. 1999); William Boyd, Marshal (d. 1972); Jeff Garlin, manager (51); Leslie Hendrix, medical examiner (53); Robert Lansing, character actor (d. 1994); Bill Moyers, journalist (79); Navi Rawat, professor (36); Nancy Stafford, legal assistant (59); Herb Vigran, character actor (d. 1986); Liza Weil, Type A personality (36).

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