RIP Soupy Sales

Sales was unique in kids’ show hosts. Appealing to kids at the same time as Captain Kangaroo, both had different approaches for entertainment. While Captain Kangaroo’s Bob Keeshan had a witty and gentle nature, Soupy Sales was completely off-the-wall like a wiseguy young kid from the streets you couldn’t help but laugh at because he was genuinely funny. Both men had older viewers but Sales got the college kids. This was even true when he revamped his show in the 1970’s. I remember some of my high school classmates being fans. Watch how masterful he is in front of the camera as he’s waiting for a song to be cued. What a natural he was.

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