Talk show host
Robert “Woody” Woodbury (born February 9, 1924) is an American comedian, actor, television personality and talk show host. He is perhaps best known for his best-selling comedy albums of risqué stories, most of which were released in the early 1960s. Woodbury was among the first standup comedians to receive a gold record.
Woodbury was a US Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea.
Appearing at a night club in Florida, Woodbury met Fletcher Smith who recorded Woody's material and through his connections in Hollywood led Woodbury to appear in a few films.
In 1962, Woodbury replaced Johnny Carson as host of the game show Who Do You Trust? when Carson left to succeed Jack Paar in helming The Tonight Show, a job for which Woodbury had also been competing.
Woodbury’s most substantial film role was that of "Uncle Woody" in 1964’s For Those Who Think Young (with James Darren, Tina Louise and Paul Lynde). Among Woodbury’s other film appearances: Safe At Home (with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, 1962); Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (TV movie with Fred MacMurray and Donna Mills, 1975); Super Fuzz (with Ernest Borgnine, 1981); and Hardly Working (with Jerry Lewis, 1981).
Woodbury hosted The Woody Woodbury Show, a ninety-minute talk/variety show which aired weekday afternoons (in most markets). It ran from August 28, 1967 to June 13, 1969.
Woodbury continues to perform standup comedy, mostly in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area, his home base for many years.
- Woody Woodbury Looks At Love And Life (1959)
- Woody Woodbury's Laughing Room (1960)
- First Annual Message From The President Of The "Booze Is the Only Answer" Club (1960)
- Woody Woodbury's Concert In Comedy (1961)
- Woody Woodbury's Saloonatics (1961)
- Woody Woodbury In The Spice Is Right (1962)
- The Best Of Woody Woodbury (1963)
- Thru The Keyhole With Woody Woodbury (1964)
- More Of Woody (1973)
- Woody Woodbury's Merriment (2001)