One of my favourite comedy teams, Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, do two of their classic sketches on the Johnny Carson show – “The Most Beautiful Face Contest” and reporter Wally Ballou interviewing a four-leaf clover farmer. The beginning of the first sketch is cut off, and the video quality is sketchy throughout, but it’s well worth a watch.

An interesting side note: between the two sketches, Johnny asks Bob if any of his children are interested in show business, and he mentions his son Chris. That’s Chris Elliott, who would eventually go on to fame as a regular on Late Night with David Letterman, and roles in movies like Groundhog Day. Now, Chris’ daughter, Abby, has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. The family was featured in a New York Times Magazine feature article last November.

Now, as Bob and Ray would say as they signed off their show, “write if you get work, and hang by your thumbs.”

(thanks, They Might Be Giants!)

YouTube – Bob and Ray “Most Beautiful Face Winner”

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