Three Can’t Miss Classic Comedy Performances

Over the years, many talented performers in comedy appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, and dozens of these appearances have now turned into treasures to be shared and enjoyed. Many of the most famous comics who appeared on the show were new at the time, and the show was a great platform to share their talent. From 1963 through 1986, over 5000 guests appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.

Here on the blog, we’ll be regularly featuring some of the most memorable guests who appeared on the show.

This month, we feature a 1984 stand-up performance by Bill Maher (poking fun at the politics of the day), Steve Martin himself appearing with Merv in 1979, and an early performance by Jerry Seinfeld from 1981.  We encourage you to share and enjoy these classic appearances, and leave comments to tell us what you think.

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Cultural Icons – Three Can’t Miss Classic Interviews

Over the years, many beloved cultural icons appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, and these interviews have now turned into treasures to be shared and enjoyed. Merv had the honor of interviewing some of the world’s most recognized figures in entertainment, world affairs, the arts, business, and music. From 1963 through 1986, over 5000 guests appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.

Here on the blog, we’ll be regularly featuring some of the most memorable interviews with these trail-blazers and change-makers.

This month, we feature a 1984 interview with Apple’s Steve Wozniak, the great surrealistic painter Salvador Dali appearing with Merv in 1965, and the first couple of pop art in 1965, Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick (in a rare national television appearance).

We encourage you to share and enjoy these interviews, and leave comments to tell us what you think.  For more interviews and fantastic show clips, subscribe to us on YouTube here.

 

 

3 Incredible Interviews to Honor Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor it then to celebrate some of the incredible, inspiring women that Merv had the privilege of interviewing over the years. Below are three wonderful interviews with Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington, and Rosa Parks we know you’ll enjoy.

For more on Women’s History Month, visit the website hosted by the Library of Congress here.

MAYA ANGELOU (1982)

 

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON (1983)

 

ROSA PARKS (1983)

The Story Behind the Street – Merv Griffin Way

Merv Griffin WayAnyone who has ever driven through Beverly Hills may recognize the iconic street sign for Merv Griffin Way, right near the famous Beverly Hilton.

In this new video, Merv’s son Tony Griffin shares the story behind the street, and his memories from the day the street was named.

For more videos like this one, as well as fantastic clips from The Merv Griffin Show and other memories, join us on our YouTube channel right here. Enjoy!

 

Recently Discovered Master Tape of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Interview with Merv Griffin

Here is an expanded and recently transferred version of Merv Griffin’s 1967 interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Merv Griffin Show. We recently discovered the lost master tape of this show and we’ve had it newly transferred. In this segment Dr. King shares with Merv his take on the then-current state of the Civil Rights movement in America.

This is stunning quality compared to what we had earlier and we’re thrilled to have found the original master and that this important piece of American history is now preserved in pristine condition.

Merv Griffin had over 5000 guests appear on his show from 1963-1986.  A new box set of many of the most incredible interviews is available here.

The Story Behind the Custom Chair Given to Merv Griffin by John Wayne

In this new video, Merv Griffin‘s son Tony Griffin shares story behind the fantastic custom tooled-leather director’s chair given to Merv by his dear friend John Wayne. There’s also some clips of the Duke on the Merv Griffin Show back in the 60s.  This video is part of a new web series featuring Tony sharing wonderful memories and stories about his dad.  Enjoy!

Catch The Merv Griffin Show on getTV + The All-New Promo Video!

Merv Grififn with EmmysgetTV is celebrating classic television with a special selection of talk and variety programming on Monday nights, including favorite episodes of The Merv Griffin Show!

Tune in to getTV Monday nights at 10 pm EST and catch episodes of the show featuring fascinating interviews with some of the biggest names from Hollywood, history, and pop-culture.

See details and the schedule here.

And, there’s an exciting all-new promo video for getTV and The Merv Griffin Show box set, featuring Merv’s son Tony Griffin!  View it below and enjoy!

 

 

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Some early reviews

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“Some of the most astonishing moments in the history of American television. For those who never saw Griffin’s work, this collection is a major game changer. And for those who remember him during his prime, it offers a much-needed blast from the past when TV talk shows had guests of genuine value and hosts that knew how to put on a great show.”

Film Threat

“This set is arguably the most important archive of American culture to be released all year…This is a must-own collection.”

—Gordon S. Miller
The Morton Report

“Johnny Carson, NBC’s late-night host of the ’60s-’90s, has long been hailed as the king of network-era TV talk… But now comes an astonishing new DVD set to challenge conventional wisdom. The 12 discs of The Merv Griffin Show — 1962-1986 showcase a whole other contender —one more relaxed, arguably wider-ranging, certainly more freewheeling and emotionally candid.”

—Diane Werts
New York Newsday

“Griffin hosted a frequently fascinating talk show, over which he presided with a canny mixture of modesty and manipulation.The Merv Griffin Show box contains valuable glimpses of personalities who should not be forgotten.”

—Ken Tucker
The Hollywood Reporter

Critic’s Pick. “The chronological arrangement of the 12-disc, 42-hour set is the right one: This is history, a chronicle of rapidly changing times that puts you right inside them. The mix of personages and personalities is striking and unpredictable.”

—Robert Lloyd
The Los Angeles Times

The Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86 DVD boxed set is arguably the most entertaining and eclectic show business celebration ever produced.”

—Steve Crum
Crum On ShowBiz

“Whatever or whoever was important at any point in time during his broadcasting career, Griffin was there to speak about it or talk to them. And Reelin’ In The Years Productions put together 42 hours of remarkable interviews and guest spots from Griffin’s nearly 25-year talk show run…an essential addition to my collection. MPI and Reelin’ In The Years offer us an extraordinary experience here!”

—Jef Burnham
Film Monthly

The Merv Griffin Show provides a fascinating window into American pop culture and politics in the second half of the 20th century. Much of that has to do with Griffin’s ability to step back and give his guests room to roam, evident in the new 12-disc DVD box set of Griffin programs released last week by MPI Media Group and Reelin’ In The Years Productions”

—Stephen Battaglio
TV Guide

“The discussions are relaxed, respectful and informative and never cloying the way so many interview shows are today. There’s also some great music. It’s a really terrific collection and anyone interested in the culture of that period will find it a rewarding one.”

—Eric Alterman and Reed Richardson
The Nation

“It is, without a doubt, one of the must-have DVD sets of the year and a treasure trove of nostalgic goodness for anyone interested in American popular culture and history.”

—Scott Neumyer
Tech Times