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NIGHT GALLERY'S MAKE ME LAUGH - Saturday Frights Podcast

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This week's Saturday Frights Podcast is about the 1971 segment of the television show Night Gallery, entitled "Make Me Laugh" in which a comic played by Godfrey Cambridge, desperate for laughs, makes a deal with an equally desperate miracle worker.


"Make Me Laugh" aired during the fourth episode of Night Gallery's first season. It was written by Rod Serling and directed by Steven Spielberg in his directorial debut.


Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts. Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, most of Twilight Zone‘s offerings were science fiction / fantasy while Night Gallery focused on horror and the supernatural.


Rod Serling appeared in an art gallery setting and introduced the macabre tales that made up each episode by unveiling paintings by artist Thomas J. Wright that depicted the stories. Night Gallery regularly presented adaptations of classic fantasy tales by authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, as well as original works, many of which were by Serling himself.






The Saturday Frights Podcast is a weekly Retro/Horror podcast that takes a look back at classic horror movies and television shows of yesteryear, and is hosted by The Retroist's Vic Sage! If you enjoy classic horror movies and television I hope you'll find the time to give the Saturday Frights Podcast a listen. Maybe it will become part of your weekly routine!





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Saturday Frights Podcast - Episode 047 - Night Gallery's Make Me Laugh


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Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This week we give a full but brief synopsis for a 1971 segment of Night Gallery entitled “Make Me Laugh”. Of course the Projectionist has brought along an audible treat for you, in this case the original Jaws theatrical trailer!


If you have any comments or feedback for the Projectionist and I you can contact us at by way of VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach us by Twitter and of course on Facebook


TRIVIA: Rod Serling's most commonly used introduction was “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way—not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”






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