If you’re not familiar with comedian Jackie Gleason, then it’s time to look up some of his old sketches online.
This larger-than-life actor made television history playing Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, and some of his signature lines have remained a part of the American lexicon over the years.
One episode of the beloved program, in which the husky Kramden competes on the game show “Name That Tune”, is particularly known for holding up over the years.
With changing tastes and habits, it can be difficult to capture the attention of fickle audiences. However, Jackie Gleason was the rare kind of actor who knows what kinds of bits will work on people.
It is a testament to his immense skill that audiences today still recognize his comedic genius. Indeed, his influence can be seen in the work of later comedians such as Chris Farley, John Candy and even John Belushi.
In this rare clip, which is a roast of Gleason, audiences receive a triple treat with the presence of Foster Brooks and Dean Martin as well.
These two could certainly hold their own in the comedy world, and seeing them introduce and interact with Gleason can make anyone’s day.
In a modern world where true talent is rare, this delightful exchange reminds us that comedic giants once walked among us.