How Soupy Sales Slipped on a Broadway Banana Peel

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Comedian Soupy Sales, best known for his many years as a slapstick comedian on television, died Oct. 22 at age 83. But he'd probably tell you that he had also died previously — on Broadway, in a sex farce called Come Live With Me. Sales' Broadway career began Jan. 26, 1967 and ended four performances later on Jan. 28 in the Lee Minoff/Stanley Price comedy. He played an American writer who takes an apartment in London, hoping to find peace and quiet so he can complete his screenplay, "Hannibal and His 600 Elephants." But, as is the way of such plays, he kept getting interrupted by girls in miniskirts. Critics clobbered both Sales and the play. New York Times critic Walter Kerr wrote, "He has a deep, deep affection for the stage floor. He spends the first act looking at it, and the second act falling on it." Sales sailed back to the world of TV and never sought the Broadway limelight again. RIP Soupy.

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