The Dick Van Dyke Show: Big Max Calvada (1963)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Dick Van Dyke Show executive producer Sheldon Leonard guest stars as Big Max Calvada, a notorious mob figure who has ostensibly gone legit. Approaching the writing staff of "The Alan Brady Show," Big Max offers to pay them an enormous sum to write a nightclub routine for his nephew Kenny (Jack Larson), an aspiring comedian. Alas, Kenny is utterly bereft of talent, but when Rob (Dick Van Dyke) tries to tell this to Big Max, the mobster merely offers even more money for the monologue -- and also drops a few subtle hints that Rob better do what he's asked if he wants to stay healthy! Ultimately, Kenny makes his professional debut, the disastrous results of which lead to a surprising denouement. Best line: "Have you ever seen a man put on a tie to take a shower?"