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.

Ed Sullivan Was Known By Guests To Actually Be Very Awkward In Person

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Ed Sullivan was a beloved television icon who hosted The Ed Sullivan Show for over 20 years. During that time, he was an amazing host — although he didn’t always exude himself as a confident one. Ed was—to put it bluntly—kind of an awkward master of ceremonies. He could be shifty on stage, and often messed up his lines.

Even though he occasionally messed up, that was part of the appeal of the show. Ed was a regular guy, inviting you to watch amazing acts alongside him. It was this type of fun style of showmanship that made watching Ed Sullivan so entertaining.