As I mentioned in https://wearegratefulfor.com/thank-you-adam-seltzer-for-tracking-down-a-groucho-quote/, I am a long time fan of Groucho Marx.
Old shows that I love
While I am grateful for the laughter from shows such as You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx and What’s My Line with John Charles Daly, I am equally thankful for the glimpses of history that they give us.
Introducing Rev. Brougher, Sr., Minister, Comedian, Author
Rev. James W. Brougher, Sr., born January 8, 1870, said his parents wanted him to be a preacher and his friends wanted him to be a comedian. He became both and made Groucho Marx laugh in the April 28, 1960 episode below of You Bet Your Life.
He was part of "old Hollywood."
Rev. Brougher, who lived to be 98, both performed the marriage of actors Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford (March 28, 1920) and officiated at the funeral of his long time friend Will Rogers (August 22, 1935). He experienced first hand some of my favorite periods in American history.
Rev. Brougher is also the author of the book Life and Laughter (1960).
His son, Rev. James Whitcomb Brougher Jr., who followed in his father’s footsteps as both a Baptist minister and comedian, lived to be 101. His grandson, Rev. Frank Brougher, seems to be following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.
I am grateful to You Bet Your Life for acquainting me with this remarkable man. He made such an impression on me that I spent some time on the web researching him and felt I needed to dedicate a gratitude post to him. Perhaps someone else who has not heard of him will read this post, watch the video and feel the same pleasure that I did in learning about him.