Relive all the mind-numbing excitement of the Pettit Bros. 1973 Variety Series: The Pettit Bros. Supershow! starring Anthonio and Dathaniel Pettit.
Features toe-tapping musical numbers, star-studded skits, the Krofftette Aqua-Lovelies, plus the hilarious antics of the Krofft Puppets Yubow, Mokoel and Whirbly! Guest starring Merv Griffin, Loretta Switt, Farrah-Fawcett Majors!
The Pettit Bros. Supershow was one of the most successful daytime comedy radio variety shows with a scientific emphasis in history. Famed producers Sid & Marty Krofft teamed up with the Pettit Bros. in a glitter filled extravaganza of colorful sets including an Olympic-sized pool with a glamorous water ballet.
Most, if not all of this was lost to listeners over the radio, but the show was a huge hit nonetheless. The Supershow ran from 1971 – 1978 until a tragic dance routine involving Carol Channing’s violent gyrations and wild skeletal jerks destroyed the delicate handmade sets and brought a close to the series.
Bruce Vilanch fondly recalls his nights working in the writer’s room of the Pettit Bros. Supershow:
“The Pettit Bros. Supershow! is a show I remember well; not because it was the pinnacle of my career, or anything, but because of the A-1 cocaine I could get on it. It was always just enough to do the job right, and by “the job,” I mean making me feel like an absolute hero for twelve minutes each day.It was like showbiz heaven!
You could say anything you wanted and get away with it!
One of my favorite sketches was called ‘Scottish Nymphs in New Jersey’. It features these crazy hillbillies who are all obsessed with these Scottish nymphs from TV commercials for Scott’s Breakfast Sausage. I loved writing that one, because it meant we got to use dirty language and make fun of women on national radio!
Producer: We’re shooting a Christmas episode, but we don’t know where to set it?
Bruce Vilanch: How about Scotland?
Producer: Sounds good Bruce Vilanch! Write that one up.”
The show was a bit of an afterthought in Hollywood. “Are you trying to do what the Kroffts did with their little puppets?” It’s popularity was mainly regional and its props went underutilized. There were just two sets, but they were so huge that the other producers would often use them as stages for shooting films, getting financing from local businessmen along the way.
I can‘t tell you how many times we were shooting that show, and I would look over in the corner of the soundstage and there‘s kind of a foggy inebriated haze, and it was Carol Channing just dancing all night.”
And iconic stand–up comedian George Carlin recalls his brief stint as a guest star on Brothercopter: “The show just looked like so much fun. It was back when nobody knew what cocaine was, right? So they just assumed it was all legal to do it all the time.”