Sha Na Na (TV series)
Sha Na Na is a syndicated television variety series that ran from 1977 to 1981 for a total of 97 episodes, hosted by the popular rock & roll/comedy group of the same name. The show was produced by Pierre Cossette and originally distributed by LBS Communications. Sony Pictures Television owned the rights to the series until 2013, when Paul Brownstein Productions assumed ownership of the show's rights. Donny York, Jocko Marcellino, and Screamin' Scott Simon of the TV group continue to tour as Sha Na Na.
The show featured the group performing hits from the 1950s and 1960s along with comedy skits along the show's nostalgic theme but with a contemporary twist, with performances from that era's well-known acts as well as popular acts of the 1970s.
Among the supporting cast members featured in the series were: Jane Dulo (she played the crabby Lady in the Window, who watched over the street scenes from the window of her apartment with undisguised disdain) and Pamela Myers; Avery Schreiber, Kenneth Mars and Phil Roth (Season 1); June Gable and Soupy Sales (Seasons 2 to 4); Michael Sklar (Season 2); and Karen Hartman (Season 4).
During the shows' opening after the cast and guests are mentioned Myers kicks off the show by saying "And now, here they are, all greased up and ready to sing their brains out, Sha Na Na!" while Jon "Bowzer" Bauman would close out each show by saying "Good night, and grease for peace!" with Sha Na Na singing "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" as their closing theme song.
Myers would also announce as a disclaimer, "This show has been previously recorded," which was appended sarcastically, "so it could be destroyed in time!" and later shows would be appended with in an equally snarky tone, "Why? I dunno!"
Actor Will Smith took a swipe at this series in his 1988 rap hit "Parents Just Don't Understand." Disappointed with his mother's choices for back-to-school clothing, Smith remarked, "This isn't Sha Na Na. Come on, Mom, I'm not Bowzer."
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