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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.


On:           Nov 6, 2011
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    • scribe31

      omg!!! that was funny

      Nov 6, 2011 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      “More please”

      Nov 6, 2011 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tazz602

      Check this one out – Bea reads from Pam Anderson’s book describing anal sex.


      Nov 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      Back in the day is right. No wonder, except for “Mad Man”, and the Fox animated comedies I’m always on the computer.

      Once upon a time, on a Saturday night, you could watch back-to-back, brand new episodes of All In The Family, MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show & The Carol Burnette Show all for FREE. Today, not in any seven consecutive nights are there five shows that good anymore.

      Nov 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander

      Amen and thumbs up to the prior comments and to the words Mr Avery wrote above.

      @tazz602 : thanks for yr link to Bea quoting PamAn. Lol, for real. Coffee is sprayed all over the place now. And some pad thai!

      @dvlaries : They +don’t+ make shows like that anymore; wtf happened?

      God, I feel old or out of synch with most of our current TV shows!

      Nov 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lucifer Arnold

      Joan Rivers should play madamn

      Nov 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman

      So great…This finally cheered me up since hearing the twenty something twinky boy at the coffee shop describe himself as a “little Cruella, with a side of spotted dog”. At least there’s the past campaigns, these new “increasingly accepted” queers wouldn’t know quality if it was dictated and sent to the authorities as a general alert.

      Nov 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt

      ” I have very little to say about sex, YES, WHEN AND WHERE” LMFAO—so true

      Nov 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JoeyO'H

      Love it!! Love the old variety shows!

      Wayland tried to pick me up in the gay nightclub I worked at in the 1980’s. He followed me into the men’s room and came on strong… I told him I wasn’t into puppets. He stormed out!

      Nov 7, 2011 at 8:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Seaguy

      I’ll take this over the Real Housewives of wherever anyday!

      Nov 7, 2011 at 9:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lizcivious

      So wonderful to see Madame again! I used to love her when I was a little girl, although some of her wit may have gone over my head then. I’ll have to hunt up some more of her on YouTube. Yes, those Rock jokes were very ironic!

      Nov 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Nov 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franco

      Bea Arthur was one of a kind. I miss her.

      Nov 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Akula

      I always loved seeing Wayland and Madam on Hollywood Squared never a dull moment when they were on

      Nov 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      Stupid question, perhaps, but if Madame was a marionette, how did she work in a Square? After all, the top of each square was solid by necessity.

      Nov 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wolfgang731

      @Hyhybt: Actually, Madame wasn’t a marionette but rather a puppet.

      Nov 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      @wolfgang731: That makes more sense. I’d only thought her a marionette because the article calls her one.

      Nov 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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