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Soupy Sales - One Of A Kind
Soupy Sales, TV Comedian Icon, Dies at 83 (Oct 22, 2009)
Milton Supman was his given name but most will know he by Soupy Sales. Born January 28, 1926 in Franklinton, North Carolina, Soupy took on the name of Soupy from the constant mis-pronouncing of his given name Supman. Soupy was one of three sons born to emigrate father who came to American from Hungary in 1894.
Soupy worked as a disc jockey under the name of Soupy Hines. But after a point he decided the name was too close to the soup Heinz and changed it to Sales. Soupy enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Randall, during the latter part of World War II. It is here during his Navy stay that he created the character "White Fang" a large dog who played jokes on fellow seamen. Educated at Marshall College, he earned a Master's Degree in Journalism. While attending college, Soupy worked in night clubs dancing, singing and performing as a comedian.
I foundly remember hurring home from school in the afternoon to catch "The Soupy Sales Show". I loved his humor, the gags in played, the surprised guest he would have, the puppets and the "not so easy to see" characters like Black Tooth and White Fang. And, not to forget that cute little "Pookie", who was a lion.
Well, Soupy Sales, you will be missed. As I remember hearing you say, "love ya".
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Soupy Sales did the voice over for the video game series Donkey Kong (1983) for the animated show Saturday Supercade.
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Depending on when you were born of course, Soupy was going strong in the late 50s and early 60s.
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His club included: Pookie and Hippie or Black Tooth and White Fang - just a few of the gang. Here is a picture of Soupy doing "The Mouse".
The puppets were:
* White Fang, "The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA," who appeared only as a giant white shaggy paw with black triangular felt "claws" jutting out from the corner of the screen. Fang spoke with unintelligible short grunts and growls, which Soupy repeated back in English, for comic effect. White Fang was often the pie thrower when Soupy's jokes bombed.
* Black Tooth, "The Biggest and Sweetest Dog in the USA", also seen only as a giant black paw with white triangular felt (just the opposite of White Fang), and with more feminine, but similarly unintelligible, dialogue. Black Tooth's trademark was pulling Soupy off-camera to give loud and noisy kisses.
* Pookie the Lion, a lion puppet appearing in a large window behind Soupy (1950s), was a hipster with a rapier wit. For example: Soupy: "Do you know why my life is so miserable?" Pookie: "You got me!" Soupy: "That's why!" One of Pookie's favorite lines when greeting Soupy was, "Hey bubby... want a kiss?". In the Detroit shows, Pookie never spoke but communicated in whistles. That puppet also was used to mouth the words while pantomiming novelty records on the show.
* Hippy the Hippo, a minor character who occasionally appeared with Pookie the Lion and never spoke. Frank Nastasi gave Hippy a voice for the New York shows.
Regular live characters included:
* Peaches, Soupy's girlfriend, visually played by footage of Sales in drag.
* Philo Kvetch, a private detective played by Sales in a long-running comedy skit during the show's New York run (a parody of early 20th century fictional detective Philo Vance).
* The Mask, evil nemesis of Philo Kvetch, revealed in the last episode to be Nikita Khrushchev, who had been deposed about a year earlier.
* "Onions" Oregano, henchman of The Mask, played by Frank Nastasi, who ate loads of onions. Every time Oregano would breathe in Philo's direction, Philo would make all sorts of comic choking faces, pull out a can of air freshener, and say "Get those onions out of here!"
* Hobart and Reba, a husband and wife who lived in the potbelly stove on the New York set.
* Willie the Worm was a 35-cent toy Sales got from Woolworth's, according to WXYZ art director Jack Flechsig. With animated squeezings of his rubber air bulb, the latex accordion worm flexed in and out of a little apple. Willy was "The Sickest Worm in all of Dee-troit" and suffered from a perennial cold and comically-explosive sneeze. He helped read birthday greetings to Detroit-area kids while the show was on WXYZ. Willie didn't survive the show's move to the Big Apple.
Soupy Sales Tales
From 1968 to 1975, Sales was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? He usually was the first panelist introduced and occupied the chair on the far left side (facing the camera), opposite Arlene Francis. In 2001, indie duo They Might Be Giants marveled to one interviewer that "Soupy Sales always knew all the jazz guys, and they all knew him. That was impressive." In 1977, Sales was the host of Junior Almost Anything Goes, ABC's Saturday morning version of their team-based physical stunt program. Sales was also a panelist on the 1980 revival of To Tell the Truth; he had appeared as a guest on the show during the mid- to late 1970s. Other game show appearances included over a dozen episodes of the original "Match Game" from 1966 to 1969, a week of shows on the 1970s edition of Match Game, a few guest spots on Hollywood Squares (December 12, 1977 & April 4, 1978) as well as a few appearances on the combined version on (The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour) in 1983-84 and a recurring role in all versions of Pyramid from 1973 to 1991. In one episode, he repeatedly uttered the word "bacon" in an attempt to get a befuddled contestant to say "greasy things." He also made an appearance on Pictionary in 1997.
Pookie and White Fang
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