The Smothers Brothers are coming to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in October

Live at the Eccles Presents THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS on October 21, 22 and 23, 2022 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. ArtTix is ​​the official ticket source for Live at the Eccles Events.

Millions of American families have made The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour a ritual. It was a time when families gathered to watch television together and variety shows like Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Carol Burnett Show were the most popular programs on television.

Tom and Dick Smothers bring an evening of memories and laughs with live tunes and classic “Comedy Hour” clips to the Rose Wagner for their first live performance in over 12 years, October 21-23 at the intimate Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19 online at LiveEccles.com, by phone at 801-355-ARTS, and in person at the Eccles Theater Box Office (Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ). The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is located at 138 Broadway, Salt Lake City.

The Purple Onion, San Francisco, 1961: Who would have guessed on their debut that these new town kids, The Smothers Brothers, would soon command the nation’s number one television show, bringing a hitherto tame medium to its true socialization potential. and political commentary.

A folk duo with a comedic side, the brothers had started performing together at Santa Clara University. With a style that sets them apart from both music and comedy, they quickly gained a following that led to their performances in San Francisco.

The half-dozen years that followed saw a solid string of hit records, television appearances, even a brief sitcom, The Smothers Brothers Show. But it was in February 1967 that the curtain rose big.

With CBS and the heavens aligned, they launched The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a mid-season stand-in that immediately went to number one, outselling longtime frontman Bonanza and establishing a beachhead for current affairs content. and satirical. Television had come of age.

Everything was there, from long-established stars to avant-garde sixties rock bands. Something for everyone and everyone was watching.

But the satire and controversy in this era came at a price, and while they pushed the envelope for three seasons for all who would follow, their success was cut short by pressure from the White House and a contrived shot from CBS. .

Once again it was time for the Smothers Brothers to take their show on the road, which they did for the next five decades, honing their craft, performing regularly to packed audiences in popular concert halls and prestigious across the country.

They chose to retire in 2010, but their recent induction into the National Comedy Center spurred their interest in returning to the stage – and encouraged them to create a concert night of musical comedy and classic music videos.

The satisfaction of celebrating a lifetime of success and, once again, connecting with an audience that has always embraced them, is an invaluable gift for two brothers who continue to entertain at the highest level simply by being themselves.

The Smothers Brothers are coming to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in October