Rev. James W. Brougher, Sr. on You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx

 As I  mentioned in, I am a long time fan of Groucho Marx.

Rev. Brougher, Minister, Comedian, Author, 1870 - 1967
Rev. Brougher, Minister, Comedian, Author, 1870 – 1967 He made Groucho Marx laugh.
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.



Thank you, Adam Seltzer for Tracking down a Groucho quote

I usually only do one gratitude post a day but I had already promised the Alpha Centauri one for today, when I found a post written by author Adam Seltzer that I am very grateful for.

I have long loved Vaudeville and the comedians who worked the Vaudeville circuits and later became television and movie stars.  One of my favorites is Groucho Marx.    

Last night, I was watching a YouTube video on some of his best quotes and came upon one that did not sound like him at all:

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myselfI, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

so I hit Google.   I was very, very happy to find a 2014 post Tracking down a Groucho quote by Adam Seltzer.   It was very well researched article and answered exactly what I was wondering about.

Thank you, Adam Seltzer, for doing such a fantastic job of research.    (And, thank  you Google for making it so easy to find answers to most questions.)