Tom Mullica's godfather?

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Tom Mullica's godfather?

Postby Bill Mullins » January 29th, 2015, 1:38 am

Carazini, eating cigarettes in 1975.

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Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

Postby Max Maven » January 29th, 2015, 2:45 am

I was just talking about Jim Carazini the night before last.

Amazing act. He would walk into the venue a minute before showtime, and walk directly onto the stage. No costume, no make-up, no set-up.

(Remind me some time, and I'll tell you about his offstage smoking habit.)

And the "godfather" of Carazini was Surely Chaz Chase:

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/chas-chase

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Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

Postby Matthew Field » January 29th, 2015, 8:33 am

These are great. Thanks, Bill and Max.

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Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

Postby Bill Mullins » January 29th, 2015, 8:49 am

Ron Wilson, writing in Tales from the Uncanny Scot :

"I still smile as I recall the night Carazini was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was introduced as a specialist in smog and air pollution. Sitting next to Johnny, he uttered a few incomprehensible sentences about the smog problem in Los Angeles. As he continued to talk, little wisps of smoke could be seen coming from the corners of his mouth. Johnny did a few "puzzled look" double takes he was so famous for. The more Jim spoke, the more smoke began to billow out. It was a very funny scene and Johnny played it to the hilt."

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Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

Postby Alex de Cova » July 27th, 2015, 5:14 am

@Max: Thank you for the link to the British Pathe! And I would politely remind you to please tell us of Carazini's offstage smoking habit ... ;-)
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