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Soupy Sales heads for the big pie shop

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm with 7 Comments »
October 23, 2009 12:38 pm

If you’re of a certain age, it’s hard not to think of Soupy Sales and smile.

Those of us old enough to remember his children’s shows – which were never really for children – will never forget Pookie, White Fang or Black Tooth. Heck, some of us can still mimic White Fang’s voice.

Watching Soupy sit and laugh while Pookie, the lion puppet, ‘sang’ songs by Stevie Wonder, was such a happy occasion in my life I actually named my dog Pookie.

As a performer, Soupy was a seat-of-the-pants comic who loved live TV and made it both hip and hilarious. About half his material was aimed at the crew on the set, which was always heard laughing during his shows.

Soupy Sales was more than a pie-in-the-face vaudvillian to those of us who’d race home for his late-afternoon show in Los Angeles. He’d do some goofy dance, converse with a pair of puppet paws half off-camera or laugh at one of his own jokes, and suddenly ducking under your desk for a classroom bomb drill wasn’t so bad.

Thanks, Soup. Watching you laugh helped get me through the Cuban missle crisis and my crush on Peggy Gordon – at the time I wasn’t sure which was worse.

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  1. Spot on, Larry. These days it’s all about production quality and a generic product. Soupy, I think, just did whatever made him laugh, and trusted that the audience would find it funny too.

    Didn’t he have Sinatra on once? In his niche, Soupy was a genius.

  2. RIP Soupster. You brought a smile to my face as well. You will be missed.

  3. Well said. Soupy was a minor comic genius. He was a great alternative to watching the insipid Bozo the Clown and the boring Engineer Bill.

  4. wabubba67 says:

    And this has to do with the Mariners because?….

  5. wabubba: pies in the face. Has to do with the connection between Mike Sweeney ice cream pies this season. Larry is free associating – post season, no M’s to cover, he’s gotta come up with sumthin’.

  6. wabubba67 says:

    Of course….my fault….Larry has the soul of a poet. :-)

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