The Smothers Brothers have been described as one of the most successful teams in history, comedic treasures, comic geniuses, rare, original and peerless. Justifiably, time has provided another term. An American Classic.
They have been considered ahead of their time. As they mark over 42 years in show business, the Smothers Brothers are being saluted as time-honored legends whose lengthy career has surpassed all other comedy teams in history.
With their singular blend of comedic and musical talents, the irrepressible brothers have made a sweeping impact on diverse generations of fans. Such lasting power is a testimonial to their intuitive humor, natural warmth, superlative showmanship and the pure unadulterated joy they bring to audiences of all ages.
Tom and Dick were born in New York City, graduated from Redondo Union High School, and attended San Jose State University. Tom was a gymnast and Dick was on the track team.
The Smothers Brothers' first professional appearance was at The Purple Onion in San Francisco in 1959 and their first national television appearance was on the Jack Paar show on January 28, 1961.
Over four decades of audiences have seen the Smothers Brothers in their own primetime comedy series in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's guest appearances on numerous television programs, countless engagements as headliners in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, a hot-selling video, twelve top-selling albums, as well as continuous coast-to coast concert tours, some with symphony orchestras.
The contributions Tom and Dick have made to the entertainment world throughout their careers are so highly respected that the Museum of Broadcasting in New York produced a retrospective and seminar on their work, an honor not lightly accorded. On the other coast, Hollywood ceremoniously distinguished them with one of its most valuable awards: a star on the noted Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is now studied in universities across the country as an important factor in the revolutionary changes undergone in the U. S. during the 1960's.
The millennium has brought new honors including a reunion of the Smothers Brothers Comedy hour at the USA Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and Honorary Doctorate degrees from their alma mater, San Jose State University.