A Variety Of Fun! 40 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

The Ed Sullivan Show was responsible for a lot of laughs and entertaining acts that appeared on it. Anyone who was a guest on the program was immediately talked about the next day. And, of course, the show helped herald in the “British Invasion” of musical acts that came to the U.S. from across the pond.

But the show was much more than that. It was a way for Americans to enjoy the last few hours of their day together, and to laugh a little while doing so. Here are some amazing behind-the-scenes facts you might not have known about The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Show Had A Different Title

Toast of the Town hosted by Ed Sullivan
Steve Oroz/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Steve Oroz/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The Ed Sullivan Show started right at the beginning of television, in 1948, back when many homes still didn’t have a set in them. The show and television, in general, grew in popularity. But the original name of the program wasn’t The Ed Sullivan Show.

It was originally titled Toast of the Town, which seems appropriate as the show’s antics, guests, and performers would be talked about all over towns across the nation. As the host Ed Sullivan became more popular, people in general just began calling it the Ed Sullivan show, which became its official title in 1955.