Biopic of comedy duo lands scribes.
George Clooney and his Smokehouse producing partner Grant Heslov are set to make a feature film about 1960’s comedians Tom and Dicky Smothers, reports Deadline.
‘Bart Got a Room’ screenwriters Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman have been tapped to pen the script based on David Bianculli’s book ‘Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.’ It is unknown if Clooney has plans to star or direct.
Initially starting out as family-friendly comedians, the brothers found their act influenced by the period’s social upheaval, transforming them from squeaky clean comics to counterculture troublemakers. They were also the first to introduce liberal hippie politics into the mainstream, as well as cutting edge rock acts like The Who, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors. Their act eventually got them on Richard Nixon’s enemies list.
The Who’s infamous appearance on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.’