Classic Television Thursday #42 – Pat Paulsen For President (1968)

1968… Now why does that year seem familiar? Oh, yeah, maybe because of this. Or a few other posts which I’ve posted in the past and have upcoming…

pp1Anyway, I’m not going to say a whole lot about this special, except that it documents the campaign of comedian Pat Paulsen for the Presidency of the United States in 1968. Paulsen at the time was best known for his appearances, mainly as an editorialist, on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (which, along with the fact that it was produced as a made-for-TV movie makes me feel that it’s entitled to a Classic TV Thursday spotlight). Encouraged mainly by Tommy Smothers, Paulsen entered the 1968 campaign as a candidate for the “Straight Talking American Government Party, or STAG Party for short.”

Oh, and if while you’re watching this you happen to be reminded of a certain currently front-running candidate of a right leaning political party, (or, for that matter, to a certain late-night comedian’s past run for the office) well I’ll simply say that that’s your inference and not my implication. Probably.

Here’s the entire show in a six-part YouTube playlist:


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