The Big Show 41 years old

The Big Show is an American comedy-variety-musical television series produced and broadcast by NBC for several months in 1980. The series aimed to revitalize the moribund variety television genre, which had been in a downward spiral since the cancellations of The Ed Sullivan Show and The Carol Burnett Show a few years earlier. The Big Show took its title seriously, using a huge stage set and filling a 90-minute time-slot, with at least one two-hour installment broadcast. Although the first broadcast received high ratings, poor reviews and low ratings of succeeding episodes resulted in the program being cancelled after only a few months. The series nonetheless was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Costume Design. Regular performers included Joe Baker, Graham Chapman, Mimi Kennedy, Shabba-Doo and Pamela Myers. Guest hosts included Steve Allen, Nell Carter, David Copperfield, Geoffrey Holder, Gary Coleman, and Sid Caesar. Skaters who performed in the show included Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, John Curry, and Toller Cranston.

Credits

Cast

Name Character
Dionne Warwick She was 39 , now 80 years old
Pamela Myers She was 32 , now 74 years old
Steve Martin He was 34 , now 76 years old
Edie McClurg She was 28 , now 70 years old
Mimi Kennedy She was 31 , now 73 years old
Joe Namath He was 36 , now 78 years old
The Unknown Comic He was 35 , now 76 years old
Tanya Tucker She was 21 , now 63 years old
Lola Falana She was 37 , now 79 years old
Ken Berry He was 46 , 85 years old when he died
Plácido Domingo He was 39 , now 80 years old
Sylvie Vartan She was 35 , now 77 years old
Tony Randall He was 60 , 84 years old when he died
Ronnie Corbett He was 49 , 85 years old when he died
Bert Parks He was 65 , 77 years old when he died
Donald O'Connor He was 54 , 78 years old when he died
Adolfo Quinones He was 24 , now 66 years old
Barbi Benton She was 30 , now 71 years old
Loretta Swit She was 42 , now 83 years old
Mel Tillis He was 47 , 85 years old when he died
Sherman Hemsley He was 42 , 74 years old when he died
Sherrill Milnes He was 45 , now 86 years old as Himself
Sid Caesar He was 57 , 91 years old when he died
Betty White She was 58 , now 99 years old
Ronnie Barker He was 50 , 76 years old when he died
Charlie Hill He was 28 , 62 years old when he died
Graham Chapman He was 39 , 48 years old when he died
Nell Carter She was 31 , 54 years old when she died
David Copperfield He was 23 , now 65 years old
Georgia Engel She was 31 , 70 years old when she died
Diahann Carroll She was 44 , 84 years old when she died
Juliet Prowse She was 43 , 59 years old when she died
Count Basie He was 75 , 79 years old when he died
Alexander Godunov He was 30 , 45 years old when he died
Imogene Coca She was 71 , 92 years old when she died
Jamie Farr He was 45 , now 87 years old
Meadowlark Lemon He was 47 , 83 years old when he died
Loni Anderson She was 34 , now 76 years old
John Byner He was 41 , now 83 years old
Randy Jones He was 27 , now 69 years old
Hervé Villechaize He was 36 , 50 years old when he died

Crew

Name Job title
The Big Show (41 years)

Ended

  • First Air Date: 1980-03-04
  • Runtime: [60,90] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 11