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The Rat Pack: Birth of the Blues Live (1965) - Comedy Recess

The Rat Pack was an informal group of entertainers, the second iteration of which ultimately made movies and appeared together in Las Vegas casino venues. They originated as a group of A-list show business friends who met casually at the Los Angeles home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. In the 1960s, the group featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop among others. They appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the movies Ocean's 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods (Bing Crosby replaced Lawford in the last movie). Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group's lead members after Bogart's death.

When you think of The Rat Pack, we think of music and movies, but they were quite funny when they gave their live performances. This video is from St-Louis in 1965 in which The Rat Pack is accompanied by Johnny Carson. This is definitely some vintage footage. It is this week's Comedy Recess segment.


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