We are sad to say that eonline is reporting that comedy legend Soupy Sales passed away yesterday at a hospice in the Bronx. Even though he’s been out of the spotlight for some time you can’t help but miss him. He was one of the most unabashedly silly and likable comedians of all time. Most will remember him for getting hit in the face with a pie over and over again or from What’s My Line? but I will remember Soupy (real name Milton Supman) from the story below:
In what would have turned into one heck of a viral story if the Internet had been around in 1965, a disgruntled Sales ended his New Year’s Day broadcast of The Soupy Sales Show by instructing his young audience to creep into their parents’ bedrooms, take their parents’ “funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents,” and mail the paper to him.
When money started arriving at the studio, Sales explained he was only joking and either returned the dough or donated the unreturnables to charity.
I think it would only be a fitting tribute to Soupy to send your funny green pieces of paper to the Comedy Nerds. Don’t do it for us, do it for Soupy.