Comedian Charlie Callas dies

Charlie-CallasImage Credit: CBS/Getty ImagesCharlie Callas, a comic staple from 1960s television variety shows and a bit player in several Mel Brooks films, has died in Las Vegas, according to the New York Times. He was 86. Callas was famous for his rubbery face and the hysterical sounds he made to accompany his jokes, and he went on to voice the animated dragon in the 1977 Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. During his long career, he opened for Frank Sinatra, roasted Don Rickles, and became possibly the only person to ever upset the unflappable Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

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  • lori

    How did he upset Carson? Let’s try some actual reporting please, you might like it.

    • Al

      Callas was bombing and Carson heckled him by making a bomb sound. Callas then pushed Carson in an comic attempt to win back the crowd. This backfired when Carson became upset and said, on air, that Callas was banned from the ‘Tonight Show’.

  • jerry

    agree with lori – geez, how do you just end a story with that?

  • GHB

    He knocked him off his chair for laughs, and was never invited back to the show.

  • Lori

    Thanks – that wasn’t that hard was it, EW?

  • Garry

    Yeah, well, Carson was pretty much a schmuck in real life, anyway. But every performer kissed his butt and comedians always say it was a thrill for the Almighty Carson to invite them onto the couch after a good routine. Big deal. I’m glad Callas gave him a shove, even if it was for fun. So Carson had to wield his god-like power and ban him from the show. The world must have gasped in awe.

    • Martin

      Oh, knew him personally, did you?

    • Cris

      Johnny died five years ago, Garry, and he retired 18 years ago. Time to let go of some of that pent-up anger toward the guy.

  • Keiffer

    And I thought I was the senbisle one. Thanks for setting me straight.

  • Mike

    The dean martin roast of sinatra and ali he killed see on you tube

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