WATCH: Bea Arthur And Madame Read Each Other Like Ball Queens


Back in the days before they gave shows to talentless nobodies and called it “reality TV,” networks would allow legendary artists from stage and screen to have variety shows, where they would sing, act, crack wise and deliver vaudeville-style banter.

The above clip, from a Bea Arthur special, sees the late Maude star mixing it up with Madame, Wayland Flowers’ bitchy diva marionette. It’s juicy on it’s own, but when they start riffing on Rock Hudson (who also appeared on the special) the post-modern irony is almost too much.