The Ed Wynn Show

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The Ed Wynn Show
Also known as The Camel Comedy Caravan
Genre Comedy
Written by Hy Faber
Hal Kanter
Seaman Jacobs
Leo Solomon
Vin Bogert
Directed by Ralph Levy
Starring Ed Wynn
Narrated by Bob LeMond
Composer(s) Lud Gluskin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Producer(s) Harlan Thompson
Location(s) Hollywood, USA
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS
KTTV (Los Angeles)
WCBS-TV (New York)
Picture format Black-and-white
Original release September 22, 1949 (1949-09-22)
(Los Angeles premiere date)
October 6, 1949 (1949-10-06)
(New York premiere date) – June 15, 1950 (1950-06-15)
(in Los Angeles)
July 4, 1950 (1950-07-04)
(in New York)

The Ed Wynn Show was an American comedy/variety show originally broadcast from September 22, 1949–July 4, 1950 on the CBS Television Network. Comedian and former vaudevillian Ed Wynn was the star if the program. 39 episodes were produced and broadcast live from Hollywood, making The Ed Wynn Show the first program to do so,[1] and transmitted via kinescope to New York.

The show also served as the television debuts of comedian Groucho Marx, singer/actress Dinah Shore, comedy team The Three Stooges and husband and wife comedy team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.


The Ed Wynn Show premiered on September 22, 1949 on CBS. The series starred Ed Wynn (1886–1966), a well-established comedian of stage, vaudeville, film and radio. The series consisted of vaudeville-like skits and music performed by the days' popular artists. Speidel wrist watches was the show's original sponsor. Speidel was soon replaced as sponsor by Camel cigarettes. Under the sponsorship of Camel, the series was known as The Camel Comedy Caravan.[2]

The Ed Wynn Show achieved several "firsts" during its short run. It was the first television series to originate from Hollywood. The series was broadcast live from KTTV in Los Angeles and using the kinescope process, was transmitted to New York for rebroadcast on CBS Eastern and Midwestern stations.[3] The Ed Wynn Show was also one of the first television series to use the kinescope process in an effort to preserve episodes for later distribution.

The series was known for its list of prominent guest stars every week. Some notable guest stars included Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Frances Langford, The Charlivels, Eve Arden, Celeste Holm, Hattie McDaniel, Buddy Ebsen, Garry Moore, The Modernaires, Mitzi Green, Gloria Swanson, William Frawley, Joe E. Brown, Charles Laughton, Vera Vague and Cesar Romero. Groucho Marx, Buster Keaton,[4] Dinah Shore, The Three Stooges,[5] Citadel Press p. 179 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz[6] made their television debuts on The Ed Wynn Show.

The series ran one season ending on July 4, 1950.

Broadcast history[edit]

Los Angeles broadcast history[edit]

KTTV, Channel 11

  • 9/22/1949 - 12/15/1949 Thursdays 9:00-9:30 pm
  • 12/24/1949 - 2/18/1950 Saturdays 8:00-8:30 pm
  • 2/25/1950 - 4/22/1950 Saturdays 9:00-9:30 pm
  • 4/27/1950 - 6/15/1950 Thursdays 7:00-7:30 pm

(Except 6/8/1950 Thursday 9:00-9:30 pm)

New York broadcast history[edit]

WCBS-TV, Channel 2

  • 10/6/1949 - 12/29/1949 Thursdays 9:00-9:30 pm
  • 1/7/1950 - 3/25/1950 Saturdays 9:00-9:30 pm
  • 4/4/1950 - 7/4/1950 Tuesdays 9:00-9:30 pm

Awards and nominations[edit]

Although the series was not very popular with television audiences, The Ed Wynn Show did receive a George Foster Peabody Award for Outstanding Entertainment for the year 1949[7] and a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Live Show for the year 1950.

Year Award Category Result
1949 George Foster Peabody Award Outstanding Entertainment Won
1950 Primetime Emmy Award Best Live Show Won


  1. ^ "The Ed Wynn Show 1949-1950". Jim Davidson. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2008). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 297. ISBN 978-0-7864-8641-0. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing. p. 410. ISBN 978-0-3074-8320-1. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Meade, Marion, Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase (1995) HarperCollins p. 225
  5. ^ Lenburg, Jeff, with Maurer, Joan Howard, and Lenburg, Greg, The Three Stooges Scrapbook (2012)
  6. ^ Jones, Gerard (1993). Honey, I'm Home!: Sitcoms: Selling The American Dream. MacMillan. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-3120-8810-1. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Ed Wynn Show Winner 1949 - CBS Television". Peabody. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 

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