There are two guys who really just didn’t belong as far as I can figure. Lawford I partially understand as a conduit to the president, but what, really, did Joey Bishop bring to the table?
posted on 05/18/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT
6. Bishop, often the forgotten member of the Rat Pack, was the brains behind the operation. He wrote most of the stage banter that seemed so effortlessly improvised and was a steady emcee while making it appear as if Sinatra were actually in charge.
posted on 05/18/2012 12:35:04 PM PDT
by cuban leaf
(Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
I agree. Liza Mennelli was the one who replaced Martin when Martin dropped out around 1988
Bishop was the straight man for the gags and ‘jokes’. He had a comedians sense of perfect timing so the ‘Chairman of the Board’ always knew when he cracked wise Bishop would do the perfect setup or followup. Also Bishop was a really intelligent and level headed person who seemed to be the ‘adult’ in the Animal House with a smooth personality that never rubbed the inflated egos the wrong way.He also would put up with Sinatra's black moods and evil behavior with aplomb.
The link to the History Channel feature doesn’t work. It takes you to a video about Benjamin Franklin. There’s another link to the Rat Pack feature, but it goes to a “Page not found”.
posted on 05/18/2012 1:08:50 PM PDT
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