In 1975 the variety show was still alive and well. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In had only been gone for two years, The Captain and Tennille would get a show in 76-77, the Donnie and Marie Show ran from 76-78 and big stars still got TV specials, with guest stars, musical numbers and comedy sketches. Perhaps fittingly, the last great variety show was the Muppet Show which ran from 1976 until 1981.
Somewhere out there is a 21 minute pitch reel, which consists of the following video plus various clips from the Muppets prior to 75. This 2.5 minute video, however is where it all started.
[Via Joe Hanson]
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