throws a pie at Tiger Michiels, Boy Scout Troop 363, Hollywood, California"
Soupy Sales and Tiger Michiels, Pie in Your Face! Hollywood, California
Below are two paragraphs from a letter I wrote to Susie and Donna Ekins when
their father Bud Ekins passed away. The last paragraph describes another
moment of inspiration from the schtick of the "pie in the face" master,
In 1975 the "Our Gang from Hollywood" left Hollywood and headed north to the
San Joaquin Valley town of Visalia, California, for an antique motorcycle
meet. Bud Ekins, Betty Ekins, Susie Ekins, Donna Ekins, Steve
McQueen, Chad McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Josh Evans, Darby Collins, Dewitt
Burdick, Chris Burdick, Urban Hursch, and Tiger Michiels, what a crew! We
had a great time riding antique motorcycles and high wheelers. (More stories
to tell here, high wheeler and auto almost meet, flat tire, Steve using my
old auto engine air pump on my 1950 Chevy Suburban).
evening I went out and bought 5 pizzas, 5 buckets of chicken, several
hamburgers, fries, sodas, beer, and two large cream pies. I loaded up the
old suburban and headed back to Steve & Ali's room. All thirteen of us ended
up having a party in Steve & Ali's small hotel room. No one knew I had the
pies. I snuck one pie to Steve and said, "Nail Ali". Then I snuck another
pie to Ali and said, "Nail Steve". When they both stood up and walked toward
each other the pies flew, and the food fight had begun! I have a picture in
my mind of Steve and me lying on his bed with pie and food all over us. The
actual photo did not turn out, camera malfunction. Wish I had a photo of
that hotel room!
Comedian Soupy Sales Dead At Age 83
many to be a comedic genius, Soupy Sales has died of cancer at the age of
83. Born Milton Supman, Soupy Sales became one of the enduring comic faces
of 1950s and '60s television. His show, first in Detroit then in Los
Angeles, was a hit with kids. This passage from the New York Daily
News kind of sums up the appeal:
No true fan
can forget the New Year's Day 1965 live broadcast on WNEW. Sales, miffed at
having to work the holiday, signed off by encouraging his young viewers to
tiptoe into their still-sleeping parents' bedrooms and remove those "funny
green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents" from their pants and
"Put them in
an envelope and mail them to me," Sales instructed. "And I'll send you a
postcard from Puerto Rico!"
was a beloved pie-in-the-face type of comic that was beloved by the Baby
Boomer generation. Soupy's friend, Dave Usher, said the comic died of cancer
at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx. The comedian was born Milton Supman in
North Carolina. He was most well-known for his children's show "Lunch with
Soupy Sales."The show's silly sketches had crazy characters like White Fang,
Pookie the Lion, Peaches, Philo Kvetch, The Mask, "Onions" Oregano".
Most of his
shows ended with Soupy Sales getting a pie smashed in his face, and it
became his trademark. Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and
Shirley Maclaine appeared to throw the pies at Soupy.
Soupy said he
was hit with about 20,000 pies during his career. Later in the eighties,
Soupy Sales had a radio show in New York and appeared in the comedy "Birds
Do It." Soupy was also a regular on " What's My Line?" from 1968 to 1975.
retired, he lived in New York. Soupy Sales is survived by his wife Trudy and
their two sons, Hunt and Tony.
Soupy Sales Death: Comedian Was Known For Throwing Pies
Submitted by K.R.
Gomez on October 23, 2009
Calif. - The entertainment industry is mourning the death of legendary
comedian Soupy Sales, who died Thursday in New York following a lengthy
illness. He was 83. Sales died at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, his former
manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher, told the Associated Press.
Sales was born Milton Supman on Jan.
8, 1926, in Franklinton, N.C. He began his television career in Cincinnati
and Cleveland before heading to Detroit in 1953, where he hosted "Lunch with
Soupy," a half-hour show that featured a cast of imagined characters. Sales
moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and eventually became a fill-in host on "The
Tonight Show."While his greatest success most likely came in New York with
the children's program "The Soupy Sales Show," the comic's pie-throwing
schtick was his trademark, with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Tony
Curtis among the stars lining up to take one on the chin."I'll probably be
remembered for the pies, and that's all right," Sales said in a 1985
The comedian is survived by his wife,
Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony.