CLEVELAND - Rummaging through our old Morning Exchange tapes, I found a tape labeled “Celebrities/Bloopers”.
On the tape there are soap stars, athletes, politicians, TV stars and movie stars. Among the TV stars were Larry, Darryl and Darryl from the “Newhart” show.
“Newhart” ran from 1982 to 1990 and starred Bob Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper.
Among the odd characters on the CBS series were Larry, Darryl and Darryl, three brothers from the woods. The two Darryls didn’t speak on the show and communicated through their speaking brother Larry.
Larry was played by William Sanderson and the Darryls were played by Tony Papenfuss, to Sanderson's left, and John Voldstad. Larry introduced them as his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl.
The actors were guests on the Morning Exchange and stayed in character much to the delight of hosts Fred Griffith and Randi Hall.
I’m disappointed, and think you may be too, that only one and a half minutes of their segment was saved. However, in the part that was saved, we get an explanation of why two of the brothers were given the same name.
The day of their Morning Exchange appearance, they also appeared on “Live On Five”.
It was before their Live On Five segment, producer Ann Geyser, a huge fan of the series, went to meet the actors.
She came back in the newsroom astonished, “The Darryls can talk!” she said.
TV viewers finally got to see the Darryls talk in the classic finale of the series and most viewers had the same reaction.
Enjoy Fred, Randi, Larry, Darryl and Darryl.
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