was a short-lived TV show that debuted in 1951
on KNBH Los Angeles and aired nationally on ABC and CBS during the 1952-1953 TV season. Sponsored by Cameo Stockings
, the show featured Italian actor Renzo Cesana
(who got discovered when Robert Rossellini produced a play Cesana wrote when he was 16!) purring seductively into the camera, while offering "sham-pan-ya" to an offscreen lady friend. Best known for inspiring a series of Saturday Night Live sketches
starring Christopher Walken
, the show inspired parodies in its own era, such as this Popeye cartoon
(where Bluto tries to seduce Olive Oyl by posing as "The International"), a Jerry Lewis skit
on the Colgate Comedy Hour
that imagines the Continental as played by Marlon Brando, and a Pepe Le Pew cartoon where our amorous skunk attempts to seduce the feline object of his affection in The Cat's Bah
. Unfortunately, Internet footage of the real show appears to be nonexistent, although you can buy some love songs
recorded by the Continental off EBay.
posted by jonp72
on Aug 14, 2007 -
"i met ben affleck today. he's the title role in a movie we'll be shooting called gigli. i'm sure you'll hear about it sooner or later... but anyway, this affleck character - he's a pompous asshole. i have tremendous respect for him, don't get me wrong, but there's nothing wrong with this kid that a good ass kicking won't fix." Does this blog belong to the REAL Christopher Walken
? I tried reading it with Walken's accent in my head but I still can't tell...
posted by timyang
on Apr 18, 2002 -
likes to paint "big schmear paintings," which he says are abstract because he can't draw. "Big, splash, colorful. Like flowers, my paintings are like flowers. I have a whole bunch of them. . . . They're sort of cheery."
posted by NortonDC
on Aug 4, 2001 -