October 23rd, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Remembering Soupy Sales

I spent part of my childhood in Sparta, New Jersey.  While I enjoyed my time there, the early transition from rural Pennsylvania to Manhattan suburbia was difficult.

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It took some time to get used to peers that dressed older than my friends in Gettysburg, as well as liberally using language that would warrant a spanking at home. I needed an escape from the transition, and I found it with Soupy Sales.

In the mid-1980s, Soupy hosted a radio show on WNBC-AM in New York.  Every weekday, Soupy and his cast would talk to guests, engage in comedic bits and take phone calls from listeners.

I remember every Tuesday being "Gripe Tuesday", with Soupy and company hearing from listeners about things they just had to gripe about.  My younger sister, who was nine at the time, once called Soupy to complain about the lack of things to do during spring break - he encouraged her to get friends together and write and draw their own stories or invent new games.

The noon hour was devoted to "Lunch With Soupy", where a guest would drop by to "dine" with the Soupman, take listener calls and participate in comedy bits with "Jerry the Waiter", a character based on Curly Howard of Three Stooges fame.   The interviews were always clean and non-confrontational – a nice change of pace to some of the alternatives that continue to flood the TV and radio airwaves.

Some critics contend that Soupy Sales wasn't a good fit for WNBC - for one, he was a visual comic performing for the ear.  So what if he couldn't throw pies on the radio?  He was funny, and he made me, my family and friends laugh.

Listening to Soupy also got me to find out more about the man.  When he was scheduled to appear on a game show or talk show, I made sure to watch it (or get my parents to record it).  While visiting what is now the Paley Center for Media to work on a college paper, I snuck in a little free time to watch some of Soupy's TV comedy work.  The man knew how to be funny to people of all ages - a craft that few of today's comics can say.

Thank you for the memories, Soupy, and thanks for making that Sparta transition easier to digest.

What are your favorite memories of Soupy Sales?

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  1. CADMAN

    WATCHED SOUPY AT NOON AND MIDNIGHT IN DETROIT ALL MY CHILDHOOD – WILL MISS ALL THE PIES IN THE FACE AND WHITEFANG'S WET KISSES – E-MAIL ME BACK- I HAVE CREATED A COLLAGE FOR YOU TO DISPLAY ON YOUR WEBSITE FOR ALL YOUR READERS TO TAKE THAT TRIP "DOWN MEMORY LANE? C

    December 15, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. MICHAEL

    WATCHED HIM 12:00 DAILY AND 11:30 NIGHTLY SHOWS IN DETROIT MID 50'S – 60'S – E-MAIL ME BACK AND I WILL ATTACH A COLLAGE OF HIS PHOTOS FOR YOU TO POST ON YOUR WEBSITE – THANKS

    November 12, 2013 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
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    November 11, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa Lipton

    Over 45 years ago, my Dad took me to Soupy's concert at the Paramount Theater in NYC. He appeared with The Hullabaloos (of the TV show with the same name).
    My Dad got me backstage and I met Soupy in his dressing room, and he asked for a kiss on his cheek. I was in awe!

    October 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anna hehn

    I remember Soupy opening this door and yelling something like...
    their all running for Jello!!! and you would see a film of the Keystone Cops running around chasing some one.

    But Black Tooth and White Fang are still my favorites.

    It truly was a very funny show, and though I was only in high school I understood even at that time in my life how talented this man was...

    October 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michele L

    “Black Tooth don’t kiss”.

    No one made “Boing” looks on their faces like Soupy Sales did. He was the best. His eyes, laughter and energy were perfect. He made you feel like you were personally sharing the hilarity of the moment. Soupy was one of too few rare and genuine articles. Sandy Becker was another kind hearted children’s comedian and dear man of early (NYC) TV. How lucky we were for these treasures. Can you imagine what the children of today will reminisce about in 40 years? We are one of the last to have experienced plain old, good natured, funny stuff from real people. Soupy Sales made a family of all of us who miss him.
    Soupy, I loved your work. RIP
    To the family of Soupy, my deepest heartfelt sympathy.

    October 28, 2009 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gideon Ansell

    We watched A LOT of TV as kids. But there was only one show that we imitated, and that was Soupy Sales. My best friend and I spent hours each week putting on our own version of the Soupy Sales Show. Working and reworking his sketches, always including the pie toss, White Fang, etc.

    I think the loose nature of his comedy, the impromptu, improvised bits and the way he never talked down to kids, but instead invited them into his world, was a big part of his allure for us. He didn't pretend to be a kid, but he made kids feel like they could be part of the fun too, in an intelligent but always totally irreverent way.

    YouTube has many, many great bits available to showcase his work. Just look at how much he is enjoying himself. That came through loud and clear.

    October 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith Leber

    The following is taken from the Wikipedia entry for Soupy Sales:

    An urban legend claimed Sales sneaked off-color humor onto his show for the amusement of his huge adult audience. This has been disproven repeatedly, including by Snopes.com. For many years, Sales had a standing offer of $10,000 to anyone who could prove he worked "blue" on his kids' shows. Nobody ever took the offer, although the rumor persisted. Sales states in his autobiography:

    "After many years, I think I finally figured out how these ridiculous stories got started. Kids would come home and they'd tell a dirty joke, you know, grade school humor, and the parents would say, "Where'd you hear that?" And they'd say "The Soupy Sales Show," because I happened to have the biggest show in town. And they'd call another person and say, "Gladys, did you hear the joke that Soupy Sales was telling on his show?" and the word of mouth goes on and on, until people start to believe you actually said things like that."

    October 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric Jensen

    Francesca of Albuquerque is right....not a negative comment anywhere! How one man could touch so many lives and have so many friends and fans that remember him so fondly is a true testament to his comic genius and his own character. Sure, he told jokes that were a little off-color, but that was his way of letting us know that he was human, not just a character we saw on television. I really enjoyed reading all of the tributes listed here because they helped me remember little things about Soupy that I had forgotten over the years.
    Hopefully, some day, all of us will eventually meet up with him again and do a collective "Soupy Shuffle" in Heaven

    October 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Francesca of Albq NM

    I have never seen such an outpouring of love for any celebrity without one negative comment in the bunch. This is such a tribute to the man known to so many as Soupy Sales.
    He was by all accounts one truly genuinely nice man who gave so much to his fans...including me (I've posted my story earlier). I continue to cry when I read these because it is evident that the world lost a good man.
    My condolences to his family, wife Trudy and sons Hunt and Tony, his grandchildren and to all of his fans. We did loose a beautiful soul.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leo Pelletier

    I remember one gag in particular from " What's MY Line ? "
    he was asked to sing the song hernando's hide- a-way song, he sang" All the people yelled Olle' when the bull tore hernando's hide away!"

    October 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diane K

    My sister and I were his international fan club presidents for many years in the 60s and 70s....we met him when we were 13, his kids were 8 and 10, and he was 34, so we've known him a long time. Influenced the path of our lives tremendously. I still remember on December 28, 1962, when his LA show ended...we even picketed the TV station. When he came back on in NYC, we moved there at age 19 (we had more NY friends because of the fan club). Last time I saw him was at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in January 2005 and I had the chance to tell him "I love you," and he returned the comment as his last words to me. It's surreal that he's gone; such a big part of my life. Condolences to Trudy, Tony & Hunt and grandkids.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cynthia Mauro

    Everyone LOVES Soupy! He ALWAYS made you laugh and feel happy! White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie,-we will all smile whenever we think of them! I just hope Soupy knows how much he means to everyone, how much he is loved, and how much he will be missed! He is a part of our childhood and he will NEVER be forgotten. God bless you Soupy!

    October 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. w.meyer Atlanta

    ooo-ooah-ooahoo

    October 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Barbara in California

    Pookie, Black Tooth, White Fang! Soupy was an original. I so loved his show and kinda had a crush on him as well. Those were the great days of television and my childhood was the better for it. He was one of the best, and may he be cracking up the angels in Heaven. RIP Soupy!

    October 26, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. Rich Bowers

    Soupy Sales was truly an original comedian who had the knack for pulling his audience into his world with little or no effort. Though his show was geared toward children, my parents often watched with us – and laughed right along. His brand of humor somehow taught me to look at things differently in this world. He took what often appeared to be chaos on the set, and through his sharp wit and energy, turn it into something manageable and endearing. His kind will truly be missed. Thank you Soupy for all you have given me.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  17. Nancy

    My older brother and I actually tap danced on the Soup Sales Show when we were kids and I have lots of great memories of meeting him, performing and receiving gifts! He was funny, kind and very entertaining.

    October 26, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. Art Siegel

    When I was a small boy, I was deathly afraid of doctors and needles. I once had to visit a doctor in Manhattan, and ran out of his office half-dressed before anyone could catch me. It turned out that the doctor had his office in the apartment building where Soupy was living, and I literally crashed into him. I watched his show every day and idolized him. Soupy waved my parents off, calmed me down and talked to me for about 15 minutes about my fears and how silly they really were. From that day on, I was never afraid of needles again. My parents were shocked and amazed. I'll always remember the kindness and compassion he showed me that day. That was the measure of the man, and he will be sorely missed.

    October 26, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. SteveO

    I had the privaledge of seeing Soupy Sales in Ft Myers in the 90's. We had tears of laughter during his standup and not once did he curse. He was also gracious enough to comeback and sit with the audience after the show. It's ironic that I was just watching him on Youtube last week. Thanks Soupy, for all the laughs! R.I.P.

    Fafalafaca Soupy

    October 26, 2009 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. LMS

    I watched The Soupy Sales Show when I was a little kid in Oklahoma in the late 50's early 60"s. In the early 90's while living in the Murray Hill section of NY, my toddler daughter and I would see Mr Sales around the neigherhood on our way to St Vartans park. Soupy would always acknowledge her and say hi. my wife thought it was funny that I was more excited to see Soupy Sales then the occasion Bebbe Buel siteing. Rest well Sir, you are missed.

    October 26, 2009 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  21. Steve

    Born in 1955 I have very fond memories of Soupy and the show and how my friends and I would sit out in front of my apartment building in Brooklyn and talk about his latest antics. About five years ago had the great pleasure of meeting Soupy at a memorabilia show. I got into the show before it opened and must have spoke to him about 15 minutes (before the crowds) about all the joy my friends and I got from his antics. He was so very nice to speak with and seemed genuinely touched by my stories.

    It's because of good people like him that make me very glad I grew up when I did.

    Thanks Soupy for all the joy you gave us!!

    October 26, 2009 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Don

    Soupy, he will surely be missed. I grew up in downriver Detroit area and used to race home for lunch in grade school to lunch with Soupy. An American icon for sure sure wish I could have met him in person. My best to his family.... It is America's loss. God bless you Soupy.

    October 26, 2009 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. John C.

    I loved Soupy's show when I was a kid in the 1950s and early 1960s, so when he came to town to promote his movie "Birds Do It" in 1966, I had to see him even though I was a sophisticated teenager by then. I couldn't get his autograph, and the movie was awful, but I SAW SOUPY!!! Maybe I'll throw a memorial pie at his gravestone.

    October 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. dan long

    I absolutly loved soupy sales & I did believe how much he ment to me, untill he was gone.
    I love you Dan, Enid OK

    October 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jimmy Pat

    I loved Soupy – forget the "pie in the face" I loved when the unknown person would come to his door and all you saw were the hands – would go something like this "Sir! Sir ! You gotta help me !!! – and the routine would start ...... also Soupy's words of wisdom – stuff like "Show me a man helping an orchastra ....... and I'll show you a Band Aid!" What a funny guy

    October 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. saftgek

    While the "Golden Age of Comedy" offered much in comedic entertainment (Art Carney, Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, et al), there are two programs that float to the top from my youthful memories.

    One was a local broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) market: Axel's Treehouse." Clellan Card hosted an excellent children's program, with the venerable, hillarious Don Stolz (of Old Log Theater fame) performing his Tallulah the Cat vignettes.

    The other was Soupy Sales. With what seemed to be effortless performance, Soupy was able to instill positive behaviors and values in children – all the while causing those same children to laugh until they would develop stitches in their sides.

    Comedy in the 50s and 60s was wonderful – especially by comparison to some of the cr*p that tries to pass for comedy today. Soupy Sales was a great part of that era. I never fail to think of this brilliant entertainer when I see a pie thrown.

    Thanks, Soupy. You have more than earned your Star in the Heavens!

    October 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Larry in Seattle

    When Soupy was suspended in 1965 for the taking-money-from-your-parents' wallets and purses-incident, I started a petition in my high school to get him back on the air. Soupy was a great entertainer for kids.

    October 25, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kww in Huntington, West Virginia

    I wish Trudy, Tony and Hunt could read all these messages. It's wonderful to think Soupy meant so much to so many.

    None of us was related to him, but we felt like he was family.

    October 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Pat O.

    The "other" song that he sang was "Pafalafaca" sang as "Pookie"- it is on the flip side of "Do the Mouse" – I just checked my copy of the '45.

    I am a Middle School teacher – it is a shame that kids today don't have anything to really laugh about – like Soupy!

    October 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  30. arlene aronosky

    My sides would split from all the laughing we did. I will miss him. And I thought he got a RAW DEAL taking him off the air when other comedians have said and done worse...........

    October 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Suzanne

    I used to watch Soupy Sales every day as a kid with my Dad. We'd laugh and laugh. I will always remember the clever characters like Pookie, White Fang, Black Tooth, Luigi, Peaches. And the best thing about White Fang and Black Tooth is that you never saw them! They were just furry arms and deep, growly voices. I remember one show where you actually saw Peaches at the door. This was rare. You never saw anyone, really. Just voices and arms. And Peaches was actually Soupy dressed up as a woman. It was hilarious.
    Don't forget the daily saying and Soupy saying right into the camera, "Now,what do we mean by that?"
    I still use the phrase today.
    My father is gone now and so is Soupy. Hopefully, they are laughing it up in heaven.
    May he rest in peace and I thank him for years of great laughs.

    October 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Pat

    Just the other day I told my favorite Soupy Sales joke when we went to a ballgame. I told my friend that my husband would kiss me on the strikes...

    October 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bruce

    I grow up in the 1960's in Brooklyn, NY. I remember watching Soupy on TV. Pookie, Black Tooth & White Fang were my favorites and I vividly remember singing along with "Do the Mouse". He was cool guy.

    We will miss you very much. Bye Soupy, RIP.

    October 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. terri

    I remember as a child listening to soupy sales and one thing stick in my mind. One was when he asked "what starts with f and ends with uck"?, That's right kids, "firetruck". He got in trouble for that but I thought it was a riot. His comedy will be missed.

    October 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bruce

    Imus, Stern, and of course, Sales. The Silver Age of AM radio mourns the loss of a legend.

    October 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. John NY

    And remember, be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you. God bless Soupy Sales.

    October 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. John NY

    Had some great times in bars (somewhat over served) singing along with the jukebox in my best White Fang voice. You knew who was a Soupy fan right away. And yes I still have a 45 of The Mouse.

    October 25, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  38. John P

    I remember Soupy being on WNEW ch 5 in NYC, he was on 4-5 mon- Fri and 6-7 pm on Sat, where he would do a P I thing named Philo Kvetch, great kids TV he will be missed and remembered for great work

    October 25, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  39. Conrad

    I abolutely loved his show and it's ingrained silliness. The Pookie Players, White Fang and Black Tooth. I heard a story many years ago about one of his off-color jokes and I wonder if anyone here know if it's true? Supossedly the joke went..."My girlfriend can't cook but she sure can make my banana cream". Did he really say that? Anyway, his type of kids comedy will be missed.

    October 25, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  40. lee

    soupy is up there and everybody is laughing including white fang and ham bone.... thx soup for being there [tv]when i came home from school...

    October 25, 2009 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  41. Jim

    We were sad to lose him in Detroit. We loved his evening show. He would play all sorts of goofy characters, like the two riverboat gamblers Gaylord and Ravenall; the detective who ate a banana, threw the skin on the street and then a car went by and the sound of skidding and a car crash and then his sheepish look was priceless. The band would start playing "Did you hear the one about?" Soupy would tell a joke like "A guy came by asking for donations for the new hospital. I gave him my mother in law."

    I remember his last evening show, when he was going to California. The band played "This could be the start of something big."

    Thanks Soupy.

    October 25, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  42. Fritz S

    Soupy's silly humor contributed to my outlook on life. Treat others with respect but don't take yourself too seriously. If you see someone in pain try cheering them up by being a goofball, they'll feel better by knowing they're not as nuts as you. We all have our good times and bad, but humor can keep a person from going off any deep ends. Milton (Soupy) was a one in a zillion and he's probably still cracking them up in a much better place now.

    October 25, 2009 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  43. Dave Evan Davis

    When I was kid in Brooklyn Heights New York, he was at the end of the daily shows though he could be routinely seen in the neighborhood. The last time I saw him up close we kids were outside pretending to be the Beatles and he stopped to listen and applaud us and promptly went into our corner store Gus's, and got us a handfull of Bazooka bubble gum for us. Later when his sons grouped with David Bowie for Tin Machine I got to say hi again as he attended a show at the Fox in Detroit. He was a very funny man who was as comfortable with kids as adults and all were welcome. WE LOVE YOU SOUP!

    October 25, 2009 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  44. Mike in Delaware

    I lived in River Edge NJ until age 12 and was a huge Soupy fan. I remember well the 'green pieces of paper' prank, but his biggest faux paus was when in apparant response to some station fuss, he gave each of his right hand fingers to various coworkers until only the middle one remained, which I think was reserved for his producer. I saw Lewis Black two nights ago and while i enjoyed his show, I seriously doubt he or other comics of his generation could adapt their style to fit into a children's show format. I'm sure Soupy and his characters already have them in stiches wherever he is now. God bless him!

    October 25, 2009 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  45. Craig Mishler

    I loved Soupy Sales. When I was in elementary school in the early 1950s I would walk home for lunch and watch the Twelve O'Clock Comics, as it was known then on WXYZ. Besides his skits and puppets, he also invented or at least popularized "The Soupy Shuffle," a neat little dance step that involved skipping from side to side and forward and back. I learned to do that dance and can still do it today. Soupy was and is still a part of me. I'll miss him.

    October 25, 2009 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jean Mank

    OMIGAWD, somebody mentioned Philo Kvetch and the Soupy Shuffle. How could I ever have forgotten? :D

    October 25, 2009 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  47. Jean Mank

    Soupy's afternoon "kiddie" show started right before I began fourth grade, in the fall of 1964. This turned out to be one of the worst periods of my life, as I had a truly horrible teacher, and my dad was out of work. Coming home from school to Soupy meant a reliable bright spot for me and my five siblings. He was a class act, with big names like Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. on his show. I still remember Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger." We were thrilled! And the laughs: way too many to count, with Fang, Pookie, and Soupy answering those infamous knocks at the door. Only later did we find out why Soupy would be doubled over at what he was seeing off-stage (a naked lady, once ;)

    I am now 54 and can still do "The Mouse" in my sleep. Not too long ago, my brother had the great honor of meeting Soupy, by then mute but still smiling and loving his fans. My brother told Soupy how much we loved him and the look in Soupy's eyes told my brother how his words meant to him.

    I realize Soupy was Jewish, but I still like to think that St. Pete is dodging a few pies up there about now.

    October 25, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  48. John

    :My baby can't wrestle, but you should see her box" LMAO. I would race home to watch his show. You will always be an icon, Soupy. You will be missed

    October 25, 2009 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  49. Albert K., from L.A.

    Oh Raah? Raah-oh-raah-oh-raah, Raah-oh-raah. Raah!
    Yes White Fang. We will all miss him.

    October 25, 2009 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  50. Bob Reiss

    My sister Carol (R.I.P. 2008) was part of Soupy's fan club in the NYC 1965 era..... I was going through her things the other day and found some items from those long-ago days. I found the Soupy Puppet and a few of the " Frank Nastasi News" mailings -Things that she had cherished–Nastasi was the 'man' behind Black Tooth ,White Fang and Pookie....

    Beautiful days-Great Memories-–Bye Soupy – You were a great Pal to us ALL !!

    Bob Reiss

    October 25, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  51. Richard Plesniarski

    I watched Soupy Sales during the 60's when I was in my teens back in NJ. A funny man along with sidekicks Pookie, White Fang and Black Tooth. His shows were timeless. I had the pleasure of seeing him live doing stand-up at a dinner theatre on New Years Eve, 1981. He was hysterical. We will all miss him.

    October 25, 2009 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  52. John Soister

    Some friends and I met Soupy about 30 years ago at a meeting of the NY (founding) tent of the Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy fan club. He was as much a gentleman offstage – he chatted with us and posed for photos – as he was priceless onstage. As does virtually everyone else here, I recall his TV show from the 60s and will mourn the passing of this warm and wonderful man.

    October 25, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  53. Patrick Lonergan

    I remember his TV show growing up in NYC. Actually, I won a portable B&W TV when he picked a post card I sent in! It's a shame the youngsters today don't have someone like him to look up to.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  54. BarbJ

    Heaven just got a little sillier...all are doing the Soupy Shuffle, I just know it! and there's Pookie, White Fang, Black Tooth too...ooops, look out for the pie!... You were a joy and a gem in Detroit as I grew up...thanks for the wonderful memories Mr. Soupy...you will be missed

    October 24, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Sue P.

    We will miss you, Soupy!

    Right after "Pachalafaka" was released, my kid brother picked up his kiddie plastic guitar and "sang" the song; his version consisted of singing "fafalafaka faffalafaka" over and over again, as he strum the guitar! hehe

    October 24, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. cc williams

    I don't have any childhood memories of Soupy. However, he tried to bring back his nightclub act at Friar Tuck's in Toledo, circa 1989 that my station was promoting. Had a very interesting, in-depth conversation about the business at Digby's Jazz Club that evening that's too personal to mention for the general public. A very intelligent, insightful man that made a profound impact on my career.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. J Hooks

    me and my brother would run home to watch soupy and I can remembering laughing like nobodys buisness...I used to do a great white fang and black tooth.For my brothers 55th birthday I got him a dvd of the soupy sales shows and he absolutely loved it.Man we would laugh and that was just the point wasn't it?..

    October 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Martin Gredinger

    I remember interviewing Soupy, nee Milton Hines, for my high school newspaper in New Haven. He was in town for a show right around the time of The Mouse. He was so funny and kind.

    October 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Wynne Wood

    I grew up in the late 40s and early 50s so Soupy wasn't on during my childhood, but I came to love him as an adult. Loved the pies, and the wacky people and pets who'd come to the door– you only saw their hands or paws. My favorite Soupy saying: "Be true to your teeth and they'll never be false to you."

    October 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jay Francis

    Thanks to WXYZ Tv in Detroit a kid (me) could watch Soupy in Windsor Ontario. I always looked forward to coming home at lunch and having a few laughs. I even had my birthday mentioned. That was something I won`t soon forget. " Don`t scratch your chicken pox...you`ll turn into a golf ball" ... RIP

    October 24, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Cheryl

    I remember watching Soupy Sales on TV. I especially remember when he was drunk on air. Now you might think this is a negative memory, but no, I thought it was crazy funny. That performance stayed with me. Today I am an Addictions Counselor.

    October 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. jim

    He said he grew up in Hardly Pennsylvania, and the high scholl he attended was Hardly Normal.

    October 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mark

    Soup was in the Navy with my Dad, I remember him appearing in Vegas and being so kind to Dad, he gave him tickets to his show, had him up to his Penthouse to visit, he was a really great guy to remember Dad after all those years ago – I still have a picture of him and Dad and Leonard on the deck of the USS Randall. He was always telling jokes – what goes "Clop-clop-bang-bang-clop-clop" – an Amish drive-by shooting- all that Vaudeville stuff – he never stopped – he will be missed!

    October 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Greg

    "Remember kids, Jell-o wiggles!"

    Soupy, you were the best!

    October 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  65. David Condon

    i saw Soupy in Las Vegas many years ago He had a one man show at one of the main hotel venues. He was so funny. He asked some people to come on stage for for a comedy skit and he asked my brother Jeff to come up and help out . One of the things my brother had to do was whistle on demand . My brother could not whistle and Soupy pretended to choke him than gave him a kiss.... it was funny!
    A favorite Soupy Sales joke of mine is the following:
    A man asked his friend who hadn't seen in a long time. "I heard that you go married, "What's the name of your wife?" His friend said
    " Her name is PLAINTIFF"

    October 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Ron of Glendora N.J.

    It was Saturday morning in Glendora New Jersey and all us kids would be outside playing.......until 12 oclock noon when it was time for Lunch with Soupy Sales! I remember perching myself about 15 inches from the telvision screen, with my lunch in front of me of course, and not blinking an eye for the next 30 minutes. "I wonder who's that at the door?" Soupy would ask. Now we know it's Soupy Sales at the Door of Heaven's Pearly Gate with that girl and her balloon entertaining all the angels! Happy Life After, Soupy. You made mine a happy one!

    October 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Eric Jensen

    I grew up watching Soupy Sales and was always amazed that he could come up with funny stuff day after day after day....he was a true comic genius & I especially liked the adventures of Philo Kvetch. When he went on the air on WNBC radio in New York, he would take phone calls and I had the pleasure of talking to him live. When he appeared in Atlantic City, I went to see him and was literally crying because I was laughing so hard. I even managed to see him backstage after the show, where he remembered me from our conversations on the air and he signed a photo for me. Soupy, I'll miss you, along with millions of your fans....rest in peace

    October 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Jim Knapp

    I can remember how much I laughed whenever I watched Soupy's show. What added to it for me later was the fact that he grew in my hometown. I, recently, watched some old clips on Youtube and they are as funny now as they were back then. God bless you, Soup.

    October 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Gary

    Back in the 60's I couldn't get enough of Soupy. I dressed like him with sweater, bow tie, and all. I bought his albums and of course did 'The Mouse'.

    I was lucky enough to have a friend whose father was in the record business. He got us kids tickets to one of his shows in NYC. It was a day I will always treasure.

    Pie in the sky takes on a new meaning now that Soupy is there.

    October 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  70. marc

    Love and miss you Soupy. I am sure you're all doing the mouse in
    heaven.

    October 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  71. gold country

    Soupy was an afternoon requirement for me. My favorite joke he told was: I took my girlfriend to the baseball game. I kissed her between the strikes, she kissed me between the .... My mother would not explain why Soupy was suspended from TV for a time, but eventually it became apparent.

    October 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Tom from Jackson,NJ

    I remember the time he had a naked Indian (now Native American) sculpture on the show. He covered up the private parts with towels and things. I remember laughing as a young child to no end about it. The next following days he wasn't on for some reason. As it turned out, the sculpture was on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art. He got into trouble for displaying it that way and making fun of it. Wow! TV has come a long way thanks to people like Soupy.

    October 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  73. RON M.

    I am 65 years and fondly remember Soupy on his Detroit show on WXYZ TV......saw him for lunch everyday. He also had a late show for adults also. Funny stuff. Very improv. He was a true pioneer in slapstick comedy. He used to frequest my father in laws Kosher Bakery on 7 mile road in Detroit. My wife tells me he always came in with his sons and cracked evryone up. We are losing that generation of comics to fast now. They never had to resort to profanity and mudslinging. Bye Soup Man.

    October 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jeff

    Who else remembers the "Fizznick"? It was a plastic ball that you stuck on top of a soda bottle and filled with icecream. Soupy demonstrated it once on the show .."Kids, go tell your mom to buy one of these, she's going to love it!" He shook it up and it exploded all over the studio...

    Thinking of you, Soupy...

    October 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mary B.

    I live in Huntington, WV, hometown of Soupy Sales.

    He always made us feel that he was proud of his hometown, visiting here often, seeing old friends, never acting like he was doing us a favor by visiting. He was just a good ole Huntington native and he was proud of his hometown. He never forgot his roots, and that meant a lot to all of us.

    I remember in the mid eighties, when I was in high school marching band, we had a parade in Huntington and Soupy was our Grand Marshall. It excited all of us to have a Hollywood celebrity who was a native of our town as our Grand Marshall!

    Soupy will be missed!

    October 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dave Welles

    Philo Kvetch and Onions Oregano, and of course Hobart and Reba.
    Thanks Soupy !!!!

    October 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Swinger

    I have a signed album that I got in Hollywood. Too much fun. I graduated from high school in 1961 and he was a favorite of all of us who hung out together in Pacific Palisades, CA. Does anybody remember Hudson and Landry and Bill Ballance on the radio??? They were like Bob and Tom. Anybody that can make you laugh out loud is a real jewel.

    October 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Juanita

    By today's standard I was too old to watch Soupy's show. But, at the ripe old age of twelve [12] I became a fan. The show was just plain fun without all of the teenage stuff. Thanks Soupy, you left a good mark on this earth.

    October 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Kevin H

    In the early 1970's my mother was a volunteered at the Michigan House of Representatives at the state capital at Lansing. She came home and was as proud as she could be one day. She said, "you'll never GUESS who I met today." Before I could ask whom she'd met, she said, "SOUPY Sales". So she described it to me. I watched the Hollywood Squares and What's My Line at the time as well as To Tell the Truth. Everything but Hollywood Squares was on life support at the time so I was definitely in the minority in my age group. But I had seen Soupy Sales many times – just not the TV show that people described. I remember him as a traditional yuckster comic who camped it up. I did love his comedy though because the cleaner stuff was very old school. My mother gushed that she'd never wash the hand again because he had given her a little peck on her hand. When my dad came home she was all aflutter and he just laughed. Apparently he had watched Soupy Sales too. My mom would have been a bit older than some kids when she watched it because my grandparents still had a set that my great-uncle and aunt and given them when they got their new one and my great-uncle could be "tight with a farthing" as they used to say, so theirs was no new set. My mom had had to go over to friends houses to watch television. Funny in an age when we have five sets in one house. Soupy Sales played to a bygone era – not better in many ways – just different. And here I am at 46 retelling the tale. RIP Soupy, America loves ya.

    October 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Ron Butcher

    I remember watching Soupy on TV when I was a kid in the late '50s and early '60s. You almost never knew when he was going to get a pie, or two, in the face. He was another comedian who didn't have to be dirty to be funny. So many of the great comedians have died or are dying. The best thing I remember about Soupy Sales was getting to meet him at a gourmet restaurant he performed at in my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio in the late '70s. The restaurant was located in a Best Western hotel at the time. My wife and I were standing near the staircase leading up to the hotel rooms. I was telling her how much I would love to meet him. Just as were started to leave, who should come down the stairs, but Soupy Sales himself!!! We followed him back into the restaurant and introduced ourselves telling him we were fans. He was indeed very gracious and talked with us for a while and cracked a few jokes. That was a night I will never forget. I will miss Soupy very much and our prayers go out to his family. I have a tape of his song, "The Mouse", and I will think of Soupy every time I hear it. Rest in peace, Soupy!!!

    October 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Tom Leykis

    Unbeknownst to him, Soupy Sales entertained me as I grew up in the Bronx while my parents fought...and gave me my sense of humor. He also taught me why dogs lick themselves. I can think of no three greater gifts a man could have given. Thank you, Soup...

    October 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Musette

    I remember Soupy's early days on TV when Clyde Adler played White Fang & Black Tooth. Then Frank Nastasi took his place (also portraying Peaches, Pookie, & all of the others who knocked at the door). Celebraties soon began coming onto the show to be hit by pies & even Frank Sinatra made an appearance. I used to enjoy how much the crew cracked up at Soupy. It was a very sweet, funny show & I was thankful that I could always count on Soupy making us laugh every day. Bless him & condolences to his family & friends.

    October 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  83. CAROLYNN BJORKMAN

    Detroit's lost a great classic and legend. I grew up on Soupy, Stooges, and all the really good classic stuff. The black and white shows were the best. The hand at the door, the pies, Words of Wisdom, Pookey and Hippy, Whitefang/Blacktooth....totally worth having as part of my home entertainment. To the Sales family, we the fans share your loss immensely. How loved the Soup was. Loved hearing him on Dick Purtan's show too.

    To Joan, asking about a song, he was singing about Baklava.

    To fellow fans, wish we could all get together and share a pie! No better way to honor the Soup than with a pie!

    October 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Debi

    Who else could have gotten away with hitting Frank Sinatra in the face with a pie? I lost my father this last year, and when I heard the news I realized that Soupy had been a father figure in my life. Losing the two of them in one year is tough. My love and blessings to his family and friends. My childhood was truly enriched by his love of life and the absurdities of it. Bless you, Soupy. I hope heaven has plenty of cream pies ready for you.

    October 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jim Kunkler

    What will stick in my mind forever (this would be from ages four and five) were the disembodied dogs, White Fang and Black Tooth. So obviously a person's hand in a furry glove but we didn't care. Leaving it all our imagination is something that is sadly lacking from current childrens programing. Soupy was a lot of fun.

    October 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kevin

    Oh lah? Oh leh o leh o lah! Oh no!

    October 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Rev. Dr. Paul S. Hoggard

    I thought Soupy Sales was hilarious with his daily antics on "Lunch with Soupy", a pseophisticated kid show. Physical humor still gets a laugh with the pie in the face. Thanks Soupy and may the heaven your in be full of good humor.

    October 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Robert quire

    Grew up watching Soupy in Detroit during the 50's with white fang and others. At that time he would weld silver dollars to street and watch folks try to pick them up another thing was make a bath tub full of jello and shake it. Other times he would do jokes on folks out side back when it was a trial to take a camera out. It's a passing of an era and part of my child hood.

    October 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Tim S

    The adventures of Onions Oregano were the best. No one ever wore a bow tie better than Soupy. We love you Soupy and lest not forget the man and his family in the stove.

    October 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  90. dctwmt

    I keep explaining to my wife that my sense of humor comes from the Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, and Soupy. Soupy was an absolute classic....some of the worst (and funniest) jokes you'll hear, and some great improv from Frank Nastasi (Pookie/Fang, etc.) that was so smooth it sounded scripted. One of the greats, and underappreciated.

    October 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jim Murphy

    I remember the "Adventures of Philo Kvetch". Philo's arch enemy was "The Mask" and his henchmen "Onions Oregano" and "Bruno the Killer Ape". With Soupy's passing, I feel that my adolescence is dying. Soupy, you will be missed.

    October 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Dick

    He is and will always be one of Detroits icons like Kaline, Howe, Delvecchio and a memory of better times for our city.

    October 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Nanette Hogan

    I grew up in central Los Angeles. Soupy Sales was on local TV after school in 1961-62. His zany improv was so different and so funny–and my first inkling that there was such a thing as "hip" humor. One afternoon I was walking past the baseball diamond in the playground next to my elementary school. There was Soupy up at bat, with his TV crew making up the rest of the team. I was too shy to go up to him, and he was busy playing ball, but I stood and watched in awe for awhile. My hero, right there at the Normandy playground. I still have my Soupy Sales LP. May he live on in the land of sisty uglers and prandsome hinces, at peace in that big pie in the sky.

    October 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  94. bill

    Show me a bakery hit by a tornado and i'll show you a Napoleon Blownapart! Thanks Soupy

    October 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Michael

    Another great man who will be missed. I remember watching “The Show” as we in my family called it. Years latter while stationed in San Diego my wife and two daughters were picking me up at the airport and there he was getting his bags. I took my kids up to meet him and he was such a gentleman, he talked to them and signed a autograph which they still have. Soupy you will be missed. Be good because you were always funny.

    October 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Soundchaser

    I sure will miss White Tooth & Black Fang

    October 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Steve

    Like so many of my generation (I am in my 60's), I loved and laughed so much at/ with Soupy et al. It was healing and I really think his humor sustained me in my early adolescence. Best of all was discovering that my father could laugh too- and we sat together and laughed together- not just the pie in the face- the whole thing!. Then, my Dad turned me on to Groucho Marx and Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs. Wow, wonderful memories, all of them! Soupy Sales was brilliant and I remember him with great gratitude in my heart. Good bye, God bless you and rest in peace.

    October 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Greg Wood

    I used to come home from Junior High School (Van Nuys, CA) everyday to watch Soupy. I kept a notebook of his Soupy Sez words to live by. Some of my favorites included: "Don't stick your elbow out to far, it might go home in another car", and, "Don't eat your mashed potatoes with your fingers - eat your mashed potatoes and then your fingers", and, "Don't play with matches, they don't play fair". I loved White Fang and Black Tooth. I named my white and black cats appropriately. Great entertainer!! Great memories!!

    October 24, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Fran

    Soupy was as wonderful and real in person as he was on the air. I worked at a restaurant in Detroit as a hostess where he would come in for dinner. He lit up the room....and brought sunshine with him.
    I was in my early twenties and told him one time when he came in that I loved him as a child and he made my transition from moving to Detroit from Chicago easier since I could rush home at lunch time to watch him where I had a 'friend'. He laughed and said I made him 'feel old' but said he was glad he could provide me with a friend.
    Anytime he came in after that he would say "Hi friend"...he continued to make my day. I am so sad to hear of his passing. It breaks my heart that such a wonderful person is no longer on this earth.
    Rest in Peace friend.

    October 24, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  100. JoeM

    Oh yeah, and I also remember a "finger" skit that got him kicked off the air for a while: "and THIS finger is for the producer" (guess which one!).

    October 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  101. JoeM

    I too was a teenager of the 60's who ran home from school to watch the show. I remember the skits where his crew would be laughing so hard you could hear equipment falling over and crashing on the floor. One of my favs: What begins with "F" and ends with "UCK"? "FIRE TRUCK" I'm sure I only got 50% of his jokes, but what memories. RIP Soupy.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  102. mac mcgrath

    we have all lost someone that made life a bit happier.
    good by untill we all join you.
    god loves the funny.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  103. Hanorah

    Also I remember a joke I use to this day – Soupy playing a reporter coming to his door:

    Reporter: Hi. I'm Brown from the SUN.
    Soupy: Oh! I'm pale from the lack of it!

    October 24, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  104. Hanorah

    Ah-I was just thinking about the show and some of the characters.....white fang, black tooth, the little lion and the hippo in the window,,,thank you Soupy for all the joy you provide for kids. I will always remember you fondly.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  105. Marianne Vene

    I remember watching Soupy Sales (Milton Heinz) every evening and laughing and enjoying it.

    I'm saddened to hear of his passing. Now he is making others smile and laugh. I remember the Soupy Shuffle and all the pies inthefacesof him and his guests. White fang and Black toothl.

    Love you Soupy, rest in peace. xoxo

    October 24, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  106. Ian

    I have a vivid recollection as a young boy of his television show, now in color, of his arguing with a women (likely a man in falsetto) who is offstage. She is ranting on about something, and he is doing his best to not lose his cool, the way a customer service rep would at a department store. She finally ends her rant with "So, what would you do if you were in my shoes?"

    To which Soupy replies, "Well, I would have them shined."

    FAPP! (pie to the face)

    I laughed so hard I don't remember anything else that happened that day!

    Incredible timing.

    Ah, those were the days!

    October 24, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  107. Joe R

    I can remember Soupy clowning around on "What's my line" for years. Such a talent, that was a live show and he was always funny. Thank you Soup for all the laughs, what a great way to be remembered.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  108. P. Thompson

    I seem to remember Soupy doing the weather from Detroit in the 50s. Could that be right? I remember Black Fang and White Tooth too. He was terrific.

    October 24, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  109. Celeste Winters

    Soupy and I share a hometown – Huntington, WV. Like many readers, I grew up in the '50s and regularly watched him on TV. He related to kids everywhere, but to us, he was our hometown hero.

    I was in the arts in the mid-1990s and had an opportunity to work with Soupy when he came back home to perform. He was sharp, full of energy and always on the alert for a joke, remembering everyone he met by name and reminding his old friends of the stunts they pulled growing up.

    October 24, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  110. Charles

    At last cream pies will be safe to live their lives in peace.

    October 24, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  111. John Voelker

    This was the begining of what became my sense of humor. As a little kid in Boggstown IN, the pickings were slim as far as what we now call input. Soupy Sales was like Jack Benny for Kids; a cast of funny characters, clean, comfortable surroundings, he Never talked down to his audience AND he was VERY FUNNY. Situation , set up, delivery & payoff; A true professional and he was All Ours. Ernie Kovaks, The 3 Stooges, Mad Magazine & Soupy Sales got me thru childhood.
    God Love Ya Soupy !!
    JV

    October 24, 2009 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  112. Christine

    Back in the fifties and early sixties, there wasn't too much on tv. Lunch with Soupy was a highlight of my day. I loved that man and his cornball sense of humor. Those are very fond memories. I still love the cornball stuff. My husband and I were watching some clips of his stuff and it is still very funny.

    October 24, 2009 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  113. New Jersey

    I had my mom make me a very large polka-dot bow tie and wore it to school. At the local sweet shop where Mrs Melia made us chocolate egg creams (served in paper liners inside aluminum holders) and disctintly-smelling hamburgers for lunch, I got a paper plate full of wipped cream in the face.

    Great times; great comic. RIL, Soupy: Rest in Laughter...

    October 24, 2009 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  114. Scott

    I had the chance about 15 years ago to be involved with a fundraiser that Soupy Sales was a part of. What a great guy, I was just representing a local radio station and he and I chatted for quite a while about everything and anything. One of the nicest people I have ever met!! One of those people who made time for others without hesitation. He'll be missed!!!

    October 24, 2009 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  115. Dr. Douglas Fineberg

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" . . .
    The late 1950's through the mid 1960's were a different time in America and the world. No children, we did not have PC's, cell phones, PSP's or Spiderman 3D (and we had to learn how to "duck and cover" if the Russians dropped the bomb) but we did have a sense of time, of place, a reason to be proud that we were living in the "greatest country in the world" and we could enjoy the family sport of gathering around the B/W console television with our parents to watch Walter Cronkite, Ed Sullivan or Bonanza. As children we could show our independence while watching (and learning) from Captain Kangaroo (Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade in LA) and Soupy Sales. It did not matter that much of "Soup's humor was more fitted for the Catskills then the pre-school; we laughed at the antics of White Fang and cheered as cream pies flew across the set (and then watched the Three Stooges do the same in old films) and silly characters came and departed. The era ended long ago but the memories of it are wonderful things to behold and I am sad that there is no context from which I can explain to my own 5 year old daughter the joy of silliness and mirth that emanated from a 21" wooden box as I sat on the floor in our living room in 1960.

    October 24, 2009 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  116. doncolecartoons

    Ref: –the comment by Joe McPartlin October 23rd, 2009 2:58 pm ET
    "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you."
    This caught my eye. I had copied this very same phrase, word for word, about that same time period, out of a Robert Orben joke book, patter written for stand up comedians and magicians. I was drawing my own comic book at the time, at about age 16, and I cartoon illustrated that exact phrase as part of a Mad Magazine style advertisement in my hand drawn comic book. Other phrases were such as : "Do you have teeth like the ten commandments? –All broken?" and "Be true to your teeth, and they will never be false to you." –dc

    October 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  117. J B Search

    I loved Soupy Sales from the first time I watched him on TV. My Mother thought he was racey but laughed all the same. He was, no is part of America's Family. God Bless And Keep You Soupy. What a great man.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Janet White

    I remember watching Soupy Sales on Channel 5, WNEW here in NY...great show, lots of laughs. Thanks, Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Rich Goepfert

    I started watching Soupy in the early 60s when he had his show on ABC. Not that I understood a lot of the jokes, but he was a funny looking guy and made me laugh. Then, in 1964, he began his local show on WNEW in NYC. Then I got more of the jokes as I wa a little older, 7 I believe. My parents did not really approve of his show because they thought he was dirty, but I thought he was great.

    Never saw the episode that got him in trouble, but I was so unhappy for the time he was not on the air. I remember writing to him, telling him that I hoped he would come back on soon. I got a handwritten postcard. Don't know if he actually wrote it, but it was a nice gesture regardless.

    I had Soupy trading cards, Soupy albums, the special Archie Comics edition featuring him, I just loved him to pieces. One Halloween, I even went trick or treating dressed as him. As an adult, I have tried to get as much on video as I can find. I am hoping that now more of his TV work will find its way to the open market, there is so precious little.

    During the time he was on NBC radio, I used to call in frequently to his show. Occasionally, if I called between airchecks, I would talk to him about different things. He was a very warm person and even off the air, he was a very funny guy. I was very sad to learn of his passing. It is raining here in Syracuse, NY where I now live. The skies are crying, but I am sure Heaven is roaring with laughter tonight. Good bye, Soupy. You particular kind of sunshine will always stay with me.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Cambo

    Philadelphia, too! The shuffle, the mouse, laughing sometimes bewildered in amazement at his antics that were like nothing else on TV for us kids. I'm talkin' late 50s. Yeah, Soupy! Thank you for your wild, funny and loving self touching into our lives.

    October 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Derek

    My brother called me in Calif. from New York to tell me of Soupy's
    passing. He is still such a part of our personalities. Whenever
    I encounter someone who drives me crazy , I tap my finger tips
    together and in a high pitched voice yell " Kill..Kill" ( like
    Philo Kvetch ). Just the sound of White Fang's voice (done by one
    of the greatest sidekicks ever..Frank Nastasi) can still reduce me to
    tears of laughter .

    October 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Chipper

    when i was growing up i always looked forward to watching the soupy sales show. white fang, blacktooth, pookie , hippie the infamous knock at the door. the pookie players. the words of wisdom board and when he would turn on the radio to check the weather the stuff that would come out. it all brings back the joy and laughter that he brought to me when i was growing up. i even still have a couple of VHS tapes of his shows. OREA OREA

    October 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Keith Leber

    One of my favorite segments of The Soupy Sales Show was his "Words of Wisdom." I have a short list of the ones that stuck in my head:

    Don’t drop food on the floor...it gives the termites indigestion.

    Don’t bite your nails...especially if you’re a carpenter.

    Don’t mess with the presents...or you’ll get a rap in the mouth.

    If your wife gives you the Willys...give her the Dodge.

    Be true to your teeth...or they’ll be false to you.

    October 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  124. AL

    Rest in Peace..... dear childhood friend...

    October 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Lynda Pratscher

    After Soupy read those words of wisdom, he'd say 'You do that, and I'll love you and give you big kiss.....mmmmmmmmwah!'
    Right back at you, Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Laurel Mancini

    Cleveland, Ohio. I still make the White Fang/ Blacktooth sound and do the Soupy mannerisims. What fun! He is up there with Sid Caesar, Ernie Kovacs and Steve Allen. 60 years old in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I remember he would laugh at what ever was going on. Gentle humor. 'Bye, Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  127. JOHANNA S TURNER

    My sisters and brother and I used to watch The Soupy Sales Show every week day in Huntington,W.Va. where we grew up (and where Soupy went to college). We really loved it, and his sidekicks White Fang and Black Tooth. Soupy was a funny guy! He was of the old comedy school. He used to have slogans on the board on his set. I remember one was "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you!" I love that, and it is true, too!!

    October 23, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Bob Mercieca

    One of Soupy's many great talents was the way he told a joke. It didn't matter if the joke was funny or not. He made it funny. You were laughing hysterically half way to the punch line. Lunch with Soupy will always be one of my fondest childhood memories. RIP–Rest In Pies Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Tom

    When he was trying to teach White Fang the alphabet. He'd write "F" and White Fang would say "K" over and over until finally Soupy said: "How come every time I see "F" you see "K?"

    October 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  130. jerry

    I enjoyed watching Soupy on Tv in the early '60s and I saw him live when he was performing in "Hellzapoppin" in 1967at Expo '67 in Montreal. He was a great all round performer.PIE...PIE...PIE

    October 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Kathy Herrick

    I grew up in Roseville, Michigan, just outside Detroit, and ate many, many lunches with Soupy, Willie the Worm, Pookie, and White Fang and Black Tooth (Don't kiss!) and I could do the Soupy Shuffle. I met Soupy at a grocery store appearance and assured him I ate the crusts on my sandwiches! And he wished me a happy 6th birthday on TV! Forget any of that? Never! Make the angels laugh, Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  132. sheree

    Doing the Soupy Sales Shuffle..

    October 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Bernadette

    I am truly saddened to learn of Soupy's passing. I watched Soupy when I was a kid and as an adult, prepared many dinners while listening to him on WNBC radio. "you can't say no to a man named Vito" - you could see his smile over the airwaves. My condolences to his family.

    October 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Dana

    "Oraa Oraa Oraa"?
    "Yes, White Fang, I'm up in heaven now"
    "Orea Orea Orea"?
    OK Hippy you can come too,.. what? not without Whitefan and Pooky? Well, I guess they can come too"
    God bless you Soupy! :(

    October 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Detroit Remembers

    Thanks...you were funny.

    October 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Donn

    I remember Soupy coming to talk to our Boy Scout troop at Parcell Junior High in Grosse Pointe Woods around 1959/1960. He gave me and my two friends a ride home in his white El Dorado Cadillac convertible. What a treat! A real "Souper" man!

    October 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Patrick

    My friend Kirk & I would always have saturday "Lunch with Soupy Sales" Our moms follwed the menu to the letter.

    Soupy Sales (along with Rocky & Bulwinkle) defined the sense of humor for a whole generation. You can see how his comedy style nfluenced the likes of Monty Python & Pee-Wee Herman.

    Soupy's sons, Bassist Hunt & Drummer Tony Sales, played with Todd Rundgren & David Bowie .(I wonder if they played in the band that recorded 'Do the Mouse')?

    My condolences to Soupy's family and the the extended family of all that were touched by his comedic genius.

    Soupy-We love ya & here's a great big kiss!!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Donald Cole

    What I remember about Soupy Sales:
    I remember watching Soupy Sales on a local kid's TV show , in Detroit MIchigan. I was about 16 years old at the time. I remember hearing some one in our family saying that Soupy Sales lived next door to one of them, or someone they knew. In later years, when I was a photographer for NASA at the Cape, Space Center in Florida, one of the guys I worked with in the NASA photo lab, Quanset hut, across from the Mercury astronauts 'Hanger S,' told me that he had worked as a camera man, with RCA, I think; on the Soupy Sales TV show. His name was Gene Kolasinsky, something like that. I remember how Soupy Sales was a big 'show-off' on camera, with lots of 'guts.' He would just act as goofy as he could, things like sticking his tongue out, and putting his face right up to the camera, where his eye ball would be almost touching the camera lens. And of course, always the pies in the face. I saw him on various game shows, and years later, I read that he moved to Hollywood, California. –dc

    October 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Loubo

    I remember when I was very young, Soupy was on TV every day. We picked up the show on one of three TV channels which was all we had at that time in Toledo, Ohio. I remember Pookie, Whitefang and Blacktooth, and those cream pies. Loved him.

    October 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Adrienne Coppola

    When everyone else was rushing home to watch Dark Shadows..I was rushing home to watch Soupy Sales. I was lucky enough to go see the show being filmed on my 13th birthday..and I saw him at Steel Pier. He was always so friendly to fans and always stopped for autographs. This is a sad day in my life because he always reminded me of my younger days and now that part of my life has gone with him. My sympathies to his family and friends..and thanks for sharing him with us.

    October 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Wayne Mclean

    Soupy Sales was my inspiration to get into show business.
    I used to do his skits for the class in elementary school when I was
    9 and 10. At the time Soupy was in Detroit on channel 7.

    I also was the firstin our school to do a pie throwing routine during school assembly.

    Then I got interested in radio, and now I am a film script consultant.

    But it was Soupy who first inspired me to perform in public.

    October 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Stephanie Travitsky

    Soupy was one of those comics who used innuendo to make dirty jokes, A perfect example of this was when he tried to teach White Fang how to pronounce the letter "F". Fang kept on saying "K". Soupy finally got fed up and said "How come when I try t teach you how to say the letter F, you say K?" lol. The pies in the face, the prank his stage crew pulled on him with the stripper? Priceless. He will be missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Black Tooth in WV

    RIP Soupy....

    I still do a great Black Tooth impression... only old folks ever laugh!

    Wuuuu whue ?

    October 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  144. John L.

    Soupy,
    Thanks for the memories. You made us laugh.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Linda Szulczewski

    Soupy was on in Chicago when I was a kid – but only on Saturdays. I remember my father stopping whatever he was doing so that we could sit down and watch Soupy, White Fang, Black Tooth and the gang. I would giggle and my dad would just roar at some of his antics. I think I appreciated the fact that his show didn't "talk down" to us kids.
    I am in my early 60's – and one of my good friends from Detroit just emailed me a minute ago to ask what we would now do that our "leader" was gone. We'll miss you!

    October 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Gary

    Soupy also had to put up with both Imus and Howard Stern during the late 80's on WNBC radio. He was a funny and kind man.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  147. dave williams

    Soupy was a true comedy legend of our time. He was also a comedian with a deep compassion on many subjects,He will be missed. He Made Me LOL. P.S. I was a frequent caller on his radio show in the 80's known as Dancin Dave

    October 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Debbie

    I haven't thought of him in years and am surprised at my great sadness right now. But I'm 48 and can still remember the song at the end of my "read along" book, Silly Sidney, with Soupy as the voice. ...."to try to be what you aren't, isn't very smart; if you try to be happy with who you are and you try to be happy with what you do...you'll have a lot more fun and you'll have a lot more friends and you'll see that what I say is true...that's most important thing you can be is YOU!"
    It was about an elephant that wanted to be more like a bird and then a lion etc. I never thought about it much before but I think that silly little story and song helped me to be myself and make pretty good choices...so far:-)
    Thanks Soupy!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Kristi

    I had lunch with Soupy in the early 60's when Iived in New Jersey. I was pre-K then so I missed all the risque stuff other people have posted about, but do remember Onions Oregano, and the hand puppets ... was one of them an elephant trunk that liked peanut butter sandwiches? But my favorite was the salesman who sold him a weather rope.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Fan of Mr. Sales

    I grew up watching Soupy in Detroit. He was showing the original Superman cartoons from the 40's. My dad would try to make it home for lunch sometimes to watch him, too. We all roared with laughter. A 3 disc collection of his work came out on DVD a couple of years ago. Sadly, most of his early & best work was not saved for future generations. He was a funny man with class–I miss him already.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Vicky Chalk

    I was pretty famous for my devotion to Soupy. I still have 3 record albums he made, a pen with a 3-D likeness of his head at the end of it, and my fan club pin and card.
    In about 1965, when the time of his show was changed to 3:30 on Channel 5 in New York, I was upset, because my 9th grade Algebra class ended then. I had my dad record the beginning on our reel-to-reel tape recorder (no VCRs then), and I would run up the hill from school wearing my white go-go boots. I made it in about 4 minutes.
    My biggest thrill was when Soupy held a contest to win a spot on his float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I sent in about 100 entries, and won! My mom knit me a red sweater so I could be seen on color TV doing "The Mouse" with Soupy. I was also thrilled to meet his sons, Tony and Hunt, who were also on the float. My dad worked for UPI at the time, and one of their photographers snapped a picture of the float as we rounded Columbus Circle. I was looking up adoringly at Soupy, who was sitting on a huge rocking horse above me. I got a chance to see a taping of his show awhile later, and I brought the photo, which he signed for me. He was genuinely sweet.
    I once saw him on a TV variety show, and he sang "Smile (Though Your Heart Is Breaking)." I was a little sad that day, and the song cheered me up. I wrote and told him so, and he sent back a picture of himself with the inscription, "All My Best and Smiles...Love, Soupy." Same to you, my pal.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Elliott Wiser

    I love the "Soupy Says". Those silly sayings:

    "Dig a hole in your front yeard and let your neighbors drop in".
    "Show me King Tut eating crackers and I'll show you a crummy mummy".

    I just loved his show and about 7 years ago he came to Tampa and I got to meet him in person. What a great guy and someone I will miss very much.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Vicky Chalk

    I was pretty famous for my devotion to Soupy. When the time of his show was changed to 3:30 on Channel 5 in New York, I was upset, because my 9th grade Algebra class ended then. I had my dad record the beginning on our reel-to-reel tape recorder (!), and I would run up the hill from school wearing my white go-go boots. I made it in about 4 minutes.
    My biggest thrill was when Soupy held a contest to win a spot on his float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I sent in about 100 entries, and won! My mom knit me a red sweater so I could be seen on color TV doing "The Mouse" with Soupy. I was also thrilled to meet his sons, Tony and Hunt, who were also on the float. My dad worked for UPI at the time, and one of their photographers snapped a picture of the float as we rounded Columbus Circle. I was looking up adoringly at Soupy, who was sitting on a huge rocking horse above me. I got a chance to see a taping of his show awhile later, and I brought the photo, which he signed for me.
    I once saw him on a TV variety show, and he sang "Smile (Though Your Heart Is Breaking)." I was a little sad that day, and the song cheered me up. I wrote and told him so, and he sent back a picture of himself with the inscription, "All My Best and Smiles...Love, Soupy." Same to you, my pal.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Ed Reimer

    When I was growing up in Detroit I always had Lunch With Soupy and the gang. When I got into high school I was the photographer for the school paper. We went down to WXYZ TV Studios on Woodward to interview him for an article on famous Detroiters. I took a series of pictures of Soupy using a Crown Graphic Camera. When the photo shop developed them for us they asked if they could enter one of the photos I had taken into a contest that Kodak sponsored for High School Photographers. They submitted a huge enlargment almost a 3 foot square picture of nSoupy sitting on a couch loking sideways with a smirk on his face. That picture won me a savings bond for coming in second place in the Portrait Divesion.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  155. gary nagel

    Gary Detroit/Long Island GENIOUS.....from Willie the Worm "Lunch With Soupy" to Shorty at nite "Soupy"s On"...Heaven can laugh again!

    October 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Joe McPartlin

    "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you." Let's go to the Soupy Sez board and it reads "Show me an English policeman risking his life and I'll show you a Bobby Darin.". Priceless. And KWW from W.Virginia is right. Soupy was a SUPERIOR guest contestant on the game shows, especially the $10,000 and $25,000 Pyramid. he won a ton of money for people giving great clues.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Bud

    Soupy's family has to know that we were all his family. He babysat us, taught us right from wrong and made life interesting to us as we evolved. As we grew older, we still had that yearning in the back of our minds to see Soupy and his pies again. Soupy cared which is saying a lot when we look at today's talent. As has been said here, over and over, Soupy didn't have to resort to bad language, sexual inuendos or any of the contrivances that comedians today think needs to be there, for a laugh. Soupy was individually FUNNY! And he taught us to laugh at the problems life presented to us. He showed us how to get past the problem and keep our sense of humor in tact.

    He is the end of a very long and distinguished line of characters that have had imense impact our millions of lives. He will be truly missed. And it was such a blessing to have him touch our lives, too.

    My thanks, not only to Soupy but, also, to his family for keeping his mind clear enough to help us all grow up. My grandfather taught me that "you can only laugh at others if you can first laugh at yourself" and Soupy drove that saying home for me. Thanks, Soupy, for caring.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Steve, Napa Calif

    I saw the "took my girlfriend to the ball game" joke myself the day it aired, and I'll never forget it: I took my girlfriend to the ball game with me, and I told her, “I’ll kiss you between the strikes, if you’ll kiss me between the balls". The way he told it is what made it so incredibly funny. One second after the punchline, everyone in the studio erupted in gales of hysterical laughter. Two seconds after, the camera rolled to vertical, showing the ceiling, while everybody continued to laugh scream hysterically. Three seconds later, the TV screen went black and the sound went off. It was two weeks before Soup was back on. This guy was beautiful.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Christopher

    God must be laughing today now that Soupy has gone home. How can you not laugh when you think of White Fang, Black Tooth and Pookie. I couldn't wait for someone to knock on the door to see who was there. I so remember my aunt doing the mouse which I managed to capture with my camera.
    Its hard to cry and laugh at the same time knowing the slapstick and over the top jokes he told, are now a memory of a great comedian and star.. The likes of Red Skelton, Spike Jones, Jackie Gleason Ernie Kovacs, Sid Ceaser and Soupy Sales were of a very special group of people who brought laughter to everyone around them. The end of an era...

    October 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  160. steve

    Soupy was great watched him all the time even had my mother make me a soupy sales tie that he wore when you pulled on it, it would snap back he will be missed great comic

    October 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Stacey

    I remember Soupy telling us kids to get that green paper out of your dad's wallet and send it to him; and that song, "Hey, do the mouse yeah. Hey, you can do it in your house, yeah." Ah, those were the days!

    October 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  162. kww in Huntington, West Virginia

    I grew up in Soupy's hometown of Huntington, West Virginia and was lucky to meet him several times. He was as nice and kind as he was funny. I remember watching Lunch With Soupy Sales as a child & my parents telling me they'd gone to Marshall University with him.

    I must ,however, disagree with those who remember Soupy telling the "firetruck", "banana" and "baseball" jokes. He NEVER worked "blue" on television.

    For the last 40 years, he had a standing offer of $10,000 to anyone who could prove he told those jokes. It's an urban myth. He said recently that he thought kids had picked up the jokes on the street or in the school yard and repeated them to their parents. When the parents angrily demanded where they had heard such stuff, the kids had said they heard it from Soupy.

    Not only was he a master comedian, he was extremely intelligent. He was a favorite guest on "Password" and the "Ten Thousand Dollar Pyramid" because he was so good at those games.

    Soupy was a true one of a kind and I'll miss him dearly.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Bill Olson

    Soupy, we will all miss you. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching the Soupy Sales Show after school on channel 5 in New York. Later, as an adult, I listened to him on WNBC radio. In fact, I was listening the day he walked off the show after a dispute with management. Go Soupy! My impression of Soupy was that he was a genuinely nice person with a great sense of humor. Not dirty. Often corny. His delivery was done with such glee that his humor was infectious. The world is a little less happy now. Farewell Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Patricia Ryndak Krys

    Growing up as a kid in the Subs of Chicago, everyone my age watched the Soupy Sales Show. The PIE in his face made it great...

    I actually remember my brother and I taking Thanksgiving pies into the face! By today's rigid parent proof child- watching standards, perhaps Soupy and the 3 Stooges are considered dangerous as to teaching children the wrong things....
    It's a different world, I prefer the real one. Thanks Soupy for the memories!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Nick

    Hey, DEEETROIT. It was about 1958, a buddy and I had just walked out of the Broadway Capital theater after seeing " The Tingler" with Vincent Price and who do we see walking briskly down the sidewalk but Soupy Sales, with an entourage around him. He walked right by us. I loved this guy- he was my comedic hero, along with Curly of the 3 Stooges. I yelled out "Hey, Soupy" and waived at him- and he kept on walking and never looked at me. To this day, one of my biggest claims to fame is that I had the opportunity to be ignored by Soupy Sales- I still tell people about it!! He was probably in a hurry to visit Willy the Worm, the sickest worm in all of Detroit- AAAAHHHH-CHOOOOOO!!

    October 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  166. DAVID

    I remember watching Soupy on t.v. It was a riot but over the top. My friends and I would rush home and end up all together at one of our houses to watch him daily. The faces he made along with the skits and jokes were hilarious. He will be sorely missed by all who saw him. My condolences to his family.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  167. nonna

    aww Soupy – so sorry to hear he's gone. The funniest moments of the day in the '60's were watching Soupy do his thing on the little black and white tv we had. One of my favorite lines was "the walls have ears" and then the silly picture of a wall covered with ears. There's the time he told kids to go in their parents pockets and send him $1. He got in trouble for that but it was still funny. Happy and funny, a little outrageous, that was Soupy Sales. RIP funny man.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  168. nenecats Houston

    I watched his show everyday. White Fang was my favorite. He was
    apart of so many childhoods. He reminded everyone not to completely
    grow up. Soupy, we love you.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Ralph Erickson

    I remember riding my bike five miles to an IHOP in 1963 (when I was 15 years old) in West Los Angeles to stand in line for an hour to have my picture taken with Soupy – I still have it! I watched him every day on TV – he had a half hour show with all the regulars – White Fang, Black Tooth etc. His humor is my humor still – a little sophomoric and a little silly – but never mean and never unkind. I will miss him and remember him always.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Gail

    I still do White Fang and Black Tooth for my family (and they still think I am nuts). Soupy was fantastic and a very bright point of light in my life while I was growing up!! Thank you Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  171. ladonnabig53

    All I can remember is the pie-in-the-face shtick. Other than that,
    I've been growing up with Mr. Sales, seeing him on a few occasions.
    That's all. RIP, Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Pete

    Goodby, Soupy, don't stay away too long.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  173. louis

    Growing up in New York City,I can fondly remember watching
    the Soupy Sales Show after school.
    I remember Soupy singing "Do the Mouse" you can do it in your
    house.I think I may have even had it on a 45 rpm reocord.
    Coincidentely I recently purchased a Topps bubble gum card set
    featuring his show.
    As a card collector it took me some time to find a complete set
    in excellent condition.
    With his passing I will cherish it even more.
    God Bless Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  174. cassie dolan

    It was in the 60's in California and coming home and watching Soupy Sales was the best. I loved everthing about the show, Pookie, Whate Fang and Black Tooth and most of all Soupy.

    God Speed and thanks for the memories and laughs.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Steve

    Although I missed a lot of his early work, I do remember him for occuring to me to be a sincere person that seemed to relate a lot of warmth thru the TV. Another of the greats has passed on.
    It seems like heaven has all the good entertainment these days.

    Thanks for the laughs Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Amy

    I watching Soupy's show religiously while in grade school in Detroit. Pookie, Black Tooth, White Fang, and especially the Soupy Shuffle!
    He lived near my family in Grosse Pointe and I remember one of my siblings had a top hat of his I think they retrieved from his trash :)
    Thank you for rekindling the fond memories!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Coreen Rockefeller

    Back in the 70's Soupy and David Brenner were appearing at a Japanese Restaurant , Nikusaki, in Albany N.Y. We went to the show and afterwards got to meet Soupy personally and I was lucky enough to get a kiss! I'll never forget it. I love you Soupy! RIP

    October 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Randy

    My parents took my brothers and I to Expo 67 in Montreal in the summer of 1967 where soupy was doing a Nightly show. My dad was a big fan of Soupy but my mom was a good Catholic girl and didn't think much of his humor. My dad somehow talked my mother into taking us. I was 10 at the time and the door man didn't want to let me in, so we went to the 7 o'clock show, which was the "cleanest of the 3 nightly shows. Ten minutes into the show my dad and 2 teenage brothers were in stitches while my mom was about to turn purple from embarrassment. I didn't get any of the jokes, but when Soupy noticed everyone at our table laughing it up except my mother she became the target of his jokes. Mind you nothing was mean or overtly dirty but by the end even my mom had tears streaming down her face from laughing so hard. That was over 40 years ago and up until dad passed away a few years back when ever we talked about Expo that night always came up and mom and dad would start laughing like it was yesterday. Thanks for the great memory Soupy, I wonder how many others out there had a similar experience thanks to Soup.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Steve K.

    Recall Soupy Sales as an iconic part of my early childhood in the 1960's. Fond memories.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Dave Corsaro

    I watched his original show religiously. Even as a kid his humor transended all age groups. His interaction with all his characters, Pookie, White Fang and Blacktooth kept me laughing and imitating their humor at school. Great comic and great show.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  181. in LA

    Our mom used to hate him because when my sister and I would watch Soupy, we'd be totally jacked up on laughter and unable to settle down. RIP, dear Soupy Sales.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Michael

    I was fascinated by the pie throwing bit. I wanted to try to throw a pie in my cousin Tommy's face, to see if it worked like in Soupy's show. You can imagine my disappointment when I found out that these were "specially made pies," with light cardboard backs, as my dad explained, not the ones you bought in the store. Also, Soupy's had a much higher whipped cream content, so they were softer and squishier and easier to throw! I was disappointed I couldn't throw a pie in my cousin's face, but relieved at the same time, knowing he couldn't throw one in mine! What a great childhood memory, watching Soupy Sales and other great kid shows!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  183. alicia a

    Soupy Sales. What a character. Truly a great comedian. Loved him as a kid and very sad to hear he's passed on. Hey do you think they're throwing pies in heaven?

    October 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  184. A. Campbell

    I remember seeing Soupy on Hollywood Squares. He always made me laugh.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Mrs. W.

    We lived in Ann Arbor and got the Detroit 'Soupy Sales'. The kids were young and loved the show. I found the humor over their heads oft times, so I too loved the show. Lunch was always on the blackboard. Does anyone remember the rest of the words to: I woke up one morning with spots on my face, Couldn't go outside, couldn't go any place. My mom said you gotta go see the doc, I think you've got a case of the chicken pox – don't scratch 'em. – – – (that's all I remember) All these years I have wondered how his song ended. It was to the tune of The Company Store, I think. Soupy was the greatest, and my kids 53-57 still talk about him, and we laugh, as we warmly remember one of the funniest and dearest entertainers we've 'known'.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Paul from Detroit

    I remember eating lunch in front of Soupy's show as a kid growing up in Detroit in the '50s, laughing my head off.

    And my mother would never make Soupy's lunch for me and my sister! Took a long time to get over what would now be considered child neglect/abuse. NOT!!

    Soupy, have missed you, White Fang, and Black Tooth for a long time now. RIP, buddy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Madanti

    When I was a little girl in Detroit, MI, Soupy Sales was my favorite show. We moved to Los Angeles in 1955, Soupy followed a few years later. His comedy was still funny, and by then I got some of the double entendres.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  188. jaynne matson

    I remember Soupy being the very best poet. He could think of ANYTHING and make a poem out of it. He was so good. And he will surely be missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  189. meme

    Remember SS

    October 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Lee

    Black Tooth and White Fang! OMG!
    I can only hope that the family he left behind realize how many people he touched during their formative years.
    I lost a 'friend' from my childhood and today, the angels are the lucky ones!

    Thank you Soupy – for bringing this only child a wealth of laughs!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Sam

    A great comic. He will be missed. Condolences to his family. He has two great sons who make geat music. RIP

    October 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Chris G

    Like everyone else in my high school I would RUN at top speed to get home to catch Soupy after school. What a whack job and all around nice guy.
    I have a young son and I pull Soupy routines on him all the time. I do the Pookie head shake, The Mouse and the Soupy Shuffle, and the White Fang and Black Tooth dialog (oh bleah, oh bleah!). So much better than the junk they feed kids today.
    What a way to grow up! He made all our young lives a little richer and will be sorely missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Earl

    Soupy was as funny as he was corny. We loved every bit, just like he did. And just think - A whole bunch of angels waited for Soupy, hidden just behind the Pearly Gates... with pies. Thank you so much, Soupy! Thanks!!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  194. BevM

    Good night, Soupy.

    Here's a big Pookie kiss for you - MWWWAAA-pop!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Gary B

    Reading all the comments bring tears of laughter and sadness. Hearing these stories bring back so many memories of the great man and his humor. Soupy was a must see for me and all of my friends durring the late 50's and 60's. Soupy will be missed but not forgotten.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Linda

    I would make sure I was home from school in time to watch Soupy's TV show on WNEW when it was syndicated. He was hysterical. Loved his characters of "White Fang", "Black Tooth" and the like. And of course, adored doing "The Mouse" his big hit record. He was a delight. I also listened to his radio program on WNBC when I was out on sales calls. He made the afternoon go a lot faster and funnier. He was one of a kind. Thanks for the laughs and the memories, Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Soupy was true to himself and his "Roots"

    Having grown up outside of Huntington West Virginia, I remember Soupy was always in town to host a parade or help with a cause. He never lost touch with his Hillbilly roots, and in fact seem to celebrate it. Thanks for White Fang and the whole bunch, my sister and I (we are both in our 50's) still "do" our versions of White fang!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Janet Walsh

    Oh, my gosh, the memories just reading these comments! I'm 63 now but remember watching him after school on our black and white TV set. I loved all his characters.
    And years later, in nursing school, I remember being reprimanded when a friend and myself started to do the Mouse while waiting for class to start!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  199. marie nauta

    He was always the one to watch in my childhood. He was always on in our household, here across the river in Canada. I think it was live television then,We kids always waited patiently, for white fang, black tooth, the soupy shuffle,etc. AND guess what Soupy did it all without foul words our sexy stuff, like bad taste jokes. Soupy new how to really entertain. Not many comics can do that nowadays.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  200. kb

    I feel like a piece of my childhood died today.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  201. A M Boyd

    I had the great fortune of meeting Soupy Sales at the Long Island Al Jolson Music Festival, August 2003, while the NY blackout was in full force. I had been a fan of his since I was little and even with some physical problems, Soupy was a conversational delight. As we were stranded at the festival site due to the blackout, I not only had lunch with Soupy and his lovely wife, but with Mrs. Bing Crosby, who was also a festival guest star. I had a blast! Soupy Sales was a gifted and multi-talented comedian and he will be truly missed. AMB

    October 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Linda

    I always loved watching Uncle Soupy. And yes, I was watching the day he told all of us kids to go into our parents wallets and take out the green and white pieces of paper with the presidents on them and send them to Uncle Soup. Boy was I pissed when I went into my parents wallets and found nothing there to send out.

    The pies, Fang, Pookie Peaches, singing Pie Face and Pafalafaka (or trying to) and doing the Mouse ; it was just so silly and unabashed fun. I will always remember Uncle Soupy.

    Soupy RIP

    October 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Woody in Vermont

    Pachalafaka, pachalafaka
    They whisper it all over Turkey
    Pachalafaka, pachalafaka
    It sounds so romantic and perky
    Oh, I know that phrase
    will make me thrill always
    For it reminds me of you, my sweet
    just the mention of
    that tender word of love
    gives my heart a jerkish, Turkish beat

    I won't say c'est bon
    or l'amour toujours
    For they can't express what I'm feeling
    Even maresydoats or
    other foreign quotes
    don't seem to be quite so appealing
    But pachalafaka! pachalafaka!
    takes me back with you to passionate desert scenes
    and it's there we'll stay
    till the very day
    we find out what pachalafaka means
    we find out what pachalafaka means!

    October 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Sunni

    It is impossible to put into words the genuine sorrow I feel today at the passing of Soupy Sales. I loved and lived for this simple weekly show that gave me such joy in my youth. Children shows have become glitzy with 3D fancy graphics but nothing will ever beat the classic comments of White Fang and Black Tooth. Whoever knew the predictions of the weather string to be wrong? I hope the show returns to TVland in tribute to his creativity. A professional baby boomer in grief. Deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Kim

    My Aunt gave me a stack of her old albums when I was a kid. One of them was a Soupy Sales lp. I'd never heard of the man, and being that this was 1970-something, he wasn't doing his kids show at the time.

    I nearly wore that album out.

    I remember one song had "Fang" playing a rock and roll guitar and soupy yelling at him "Don't pick it! It'll never heal!"

    God Bless Soupy Sales.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Randy

    I am so sorry to hear about Soupy's passing.. I have fond memories when I would run home just to catch his show (done live in those days) on WNEW TV in NY. He was a very funny and talented man, he will be missed. Always made me laugh (more than I can say about most of the comedians today... Soup, u will be missed, but not forgotten..

    RIP Soupman

    October 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  207. jamie

    he was a great comedian, no doubt, but the comments concering the fact that he didnt need to resort to filth does not make him one of the greats, the fact that he was a natual showman and original entertainer made him great.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  208. FD

    I seem to remember an incident that got Soupy in trouble when I was a kid where he told the children watching his show to go into their parents wallets and get the green paper money and mail it in to him at his show.

    Anyone else remember this?

    October 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Tigerpilot

    My best skit Soupy did was when he wrote "Firetruck" on the chalkboard. Pointing to the letter "F" he asks White Fang what he sees. White Fang says "K". After several exchanges Soupy asks White Fang "How come every time I see 'F' you see 'K'? Pie flies in followed with a quick cut to commercial.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Charles Williams

    In 1956 in Detroit, Michigan I was in kindergarten. The elementary school was two blocks from home and the class was a half-day. I would run home where my mother would have soup and a sandwich waiting. I would take my place in front of the television (WXYZ ABC Channel 7) and incredibly Soupy Sales would be eating the same flavor soup and the same make of sandwich. It was a big deal to me.

    Years later I learned that in the morning hours (Soupy was on three times a day) he would inform all the mothers what the soup-sandwich combination was that day. Thinking back to it all, it was simply charming.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Cathy

    I loved Soupy, Pookie and White Fang...OHHH OHHH OHHHH....LOL forever.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Doug G

    A uniquely nice funny funny man who had good Rock n' Roll DNA! Soupy's two sons Hunt and Tony Sales have been a Heck of a rhythm section (drums and bass) backing the likes of Todd Rungren, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop on many of their better efforts.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  213. yeager12

    He was a good man. I watched him from the time I was four until he went off tv. RIP, Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Hugh Parker

    I remember Soupy while growing up in the 50's in Michigan and watching his lunchtime shows with such characters as White Fang and Black Tooth and Willie the Worm. He was down right funny and if I was lucky I could sneak a look at his nighttime version which came on after the news. That was meant for a whole different audience where he was truly the "king of slapstick" and a bit risque'. He was great and will be missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  215. citizenUSA

    Ahhh... I still remember the "banana cream" and "my wife at a baseball game" jokes. He definately went out with a bang, (from his TV show).

    October 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  216. John Lamanna

    Forever live Whitefang and Blacktooth!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Al in Quincy, MA

    I could not wait for the adventures of Philo Kvetch. Soupy knew how to fuel your imagination. Thank you Soupy for so many wonderful childhood memories.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Gordon Kateley

    Word's of Wisdom... if your girfriend gives you the Willys... give her the Dodge...... my friends and I watched every afternoon in SoCal for the great 1 liners and kookie skits.. we all loved the Soupy Shuffle, he was the best .......

    October 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Anita

    I am Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, and me and my older brother used to love watching Soupy Sales on TV after school at 4:00 pm. I forget which channel.
    The best humour ever. What a great man. Kids today don't know what they are missing.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Woody in Vermont

    I remember watching Soupy on TV growing up on Long Island. Pookie, Black Tooth & White Fang were my favorites and I vividly remember singing along with "Do the Mouse". Bye Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Tom Trott

    Soupy was our "video Daddy" in the 50s and 60s while we were growing up. White Fang and Black Tooth kept things rolling and then there were the cartoons, Little Rascals, The Dead End Kids, And The Bowery Boys.....to name a few!

    You're the BEST Soupy and we ALL will miss you!

    My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sisters thank you, my brother thanks you.......and I think you!!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  222. d

    what a great comidian. not like the ones of todays world. God bless Soupy for the laughter.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  223. johnj

    Can't remember the last time a performer's death affected me in the way Soupy's has. I lost track of his career after he (and I) left Detroit, but I remember vividly rushing home from school to catch his noon show and doubling up in laughter at his inventive insanity. White Fang and Black Tooth's grunts still echo in my ears.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Janice Mahon

    So many comments about our beloved Soupy Sales! I used to race home from college every afternoon to watch Soupy. Pookie, Hippy, White Fang and Black Tooth. Count Dracula at the door. "Hi Count," says Soupy. Vun, doo, tree in a Transylvanian accent. And the stripper at the door, a real stripper! So much fun. I have the entire DVD set. I think I will have a glass of wine and toast Soupy tonight. Sweet dreams Soup.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Dennis

    Only 44, I didn't "discover" Soupy until his show was on a Detroit-based UHF channel in the early 80's (he had the red sweather then). The dialogue w/ Pookie was side-splitting!!! But he was always a class guy & his telethons to help the mentally retarded were heart-felt efforts to give back.

    think I'll have the wife hit me in the face with a pie tonight...

    October 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  226. afp - Houston

    I grew up in Detroit watching Soupy and learned about humor from him. My older brother and I would sit and laugh through the whole show. Loved the pie in the face. Pookie was my favorite (I loved the "Twisted Tales" like Rindercella and the Pransom Hince that Pookie would tell) along with White Fang, Black Tooth, Peaches Warzecki (?) and all of the rest of the gang. Learning at the blackboard, the "Man at the Door" – great memories!

    Very sad... but he left a very great (positive) impression on me that has lasted all my life.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  227. waywardmom

    I grew up watching Soupy Sales. White Fang and Black Tooth were great as was the song about Pablo going down the bathtub drain. My favorite will always be the time he told all the kids to take those green pieces of paper out of their parent's wallets and mail it to him. They did and he was suspended for a week or two.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  228. mary

    I always watched the Soupy Sales show as a kid and remember the time he told us to go into our parents room when they were sleeping and to send him all the green pieces of paper. I don't think he came back on the air after the next comerical.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Frank L

    I was able to meet Soupy back in 1966 when he was doing a local promo show for a retail store with lots of children. I mentioned to him a had a 7 year old neice Sheryl that was sick and disappionted she could not attend the show. He immediately asked where is the nearest telephone and called her to joke about her missing his show by being sick. He had her laughing and invited her to his TV show. This man was a true kids comedian, sad to hear his passing.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Dorrit Takach

    Loved the lunch with Pookie,where Soupy would chew potato chips, and it would sound like cement crushing. White Fang and Black tooth WERE hilarious.-and Black Tooth would always grab Soupys' head to give him a sloppy kiss!!!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Michael

    When Howard Stern pretended to destroy his Piano. Radio Gold!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Tom B.

    Hey Joan,
    The song went:
    Fafalafaka, fafalafaka,
    they whisper it all over Turkey.
    Fafalafaka, fafalafaka,
    it sounds so romantic and quirky.

    Thats all I remember.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Floyd

    I watched Soupy on Saturday mornings on TV. I'd laugh at some jokes and skits, and my dad would laugh at others. I found out why later.

    At the age of 16, I saw Soupy doing stand up comedy live at Expo 67 in Montreal. It was an all-ages show, but he managed to tell jokes that were funny for kids at one level, and funny for adults at a different level. It was well worth the price of admission!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Ted Bonar

    Soupy got me into my first real trouble. Back in the day, you could send money somewhere and get a Soupy Sales hat ... a hounds tooth black and white checkered one like he wore on the show. Proud as can be, I wore it into school and strode right past the principal. I was scolded and my hat taken until after school. Wish I had it, and him, back again, but this memory will suffice.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  235. andrea mcdonald

    oh the memory of my moment of fame with my now passed on brother Pat! was perhaps 1964 and the Soupy Sales came to town! (San Diego) when my brother and I as well as a few other Irish Dancers from an Escondido Irish Dance School performed on the show!! i think we did an Irish jig and an Irish reel.
    wow I felt like a star! if only I could review that film now and show it off to my teenagers! thank-you Soupy!
    loved every show!
    Andrea McDonald

    October 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Howard

    Ba fa la fa ga......they're singing it all over Turkey

    October 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Buddy K

    White Fang and Blacktooth were the greatest. I don't know if kids today would laugh at that kind of humor. It worked for me and I am 62.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  238. james grigsby

    Blah? Blaaah blaaah blah....Blah? White Fang. When my oldest sister had her high school picture taken, it looked like only her two front teeth showed and my other sister and I nicknamed her White Fang...later shortened to just Fang. Before my other sister passed on, we could always make each other laugh with a quick flip of the wrist in the others direction and ....Blah? Blah blah blaaaaah! Thanks Soupy for filling lives with something truly funny.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  239. tony

    no one has mentioned this, he said george washington may have been the father of our country but faygos the pop, funny man, rip soupy

    October 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Larry Howard

    The crying , trumpeting elephant . All you could see was his trunk
    and showers of sprinkling water that drenched Soupy as he stood
    in the door trying to get him comforted, so he wouldn't have to have more towels thrown at him by his crew. Some strange things and people came to his door.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Anthony Cutrone

    I was fortunate enoughto have spoken with Soupy when he had his radio show in NY in the mid 1980's. I called in and was able to talk with Soupy. One of my life's highlights was to know that I actually made him laugh that day. Someone who made me laugh when I was a kid grouing up in New Rochelle, NY, I was able to return the honor. I will miss him!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Marc

    Born in 1947 as I was, I remember watching Soupy on our huge, but small-screened, Dumont black and white television set . He taught me the importance of being able to laugh.
    If you can't laugh, especially in times like these, you're in big trouble.
    I miss comedians most of all.
    There will be a great show "up there" tonight.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Joe in Chicago

    Like others who have commented, I am in my mid-50s and loved his show in my youth. In an era where comedy was often adulterated in "variety shows" with more "serious" art like singing and production numbers, he gave a legitimacy to plain silliness that was, I think, a precursor to shows like Laugh-In. I always preferred my comedy unadulterated, Soupy style. I still fondly recall Pookie, Peaches, singing "Pie Face" and "Pafalafaka" (or trying to) and doing the Mouse – which I still do once in a while, usually to uncomprehending stares. The good stuff stays with you, and Soupy's stuff did. But most of all he seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. If making others happy is rewarding, his was a rewarding life.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Eleanor

    My favorite memory about Soupy Sales is White Fang & Black Tooth.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Bob S

    Lunch with Soupy made me walk home, no run home everyday from Catholic school to eat my soup and sandwich with Soupy. Watching him on my parents Admiral black and white swivle TV over WXYZ-TV here in Detroit was a ritual. As an adult I continued to laugh as I listened to Soupy on local radio when he would visit Detroit's comedy clubs. Soupy began his career here and was alway a part of Detroit's broadcast history. I will miss him and his brand of humor.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Oscar

    I grew up in Huntington, WV in the 1960s which was Soupy's real home town. I saw him on a downtown street one day and at my request he did the "Soupy Shuffle" right there on the street! I'll never forget that. He is the greatest!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Sherry

    ..oh, I totally agree with Ron...Black Tooth and White Fang was sheer comedy genius for a young audience, and for the not-so-young audience as well. I'm laughing just remembering.... Soupy Sales was my favorite as a child, and somehow I knew it was all improv...I loved it! Soupy...we'll miss you!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Gary

    Sparta's not a suburb of Manhattan

    October 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  249. joann

    I grew up watching "Lunch with Soupy" in Detroit. Goofy fun, although I heard that he had a nightclub act for adults that was quite dirty...

    October 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  250. dedee

    I grew up in Cleveland OH in the 60's. My parents didnt allow us to watch much TV back than but I do remember watching Soupy Sales. He was so funny and I think we had his records too. He sure had a voice to make young kids happ. My heartfelt condolence to his family and friends. God Speed

    October 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Elaine Drewek

    I wonder if Soupy knew just how many people he touched or had such importance in their life? Just look at all these wonderful e-mails attributed to such a great man. He was the Uncle that made the holidays great and the neighbor that you enjoyed having over. I ditto everything that everyone has said - there will never, ever be another Soupy and I am so glad that he was a part of my life! Gods speed, Soupy!!! Sympathies to his family.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Geraldine Carbone

    My childhood memories are heightened by this man's death. He made my generation laugh when all we could think about was the Draft (Baby Boomer era). In High School every day someone would walk over to the black board and write whatever Soupy quoted for the
    day. Example: Soupy Says___. The teachers were never discouraged. They would hust erase the board and laugh.We lived for that quote as we watched Soupy getting pied in the face or White Fang choking him. Absolute moronic fun! Today in this PC environment, it's hard to have a good laugh without someone getting offended.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  253. John Herling

    My favorite memory of Soupy Sales is running home after high school
    in the 1960's to watch his show. I'd put on the TV, watch, listen, and literally roll on the floor laughing!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Movie Fan

    I wonder if Entertainment Tonight, E!, or CNN's Showbiz Tonight will remember Soupy Sales; or will they ignore him in favor of more stories about the father of 'balloon boy' or Jon & Kate? In all probability those 3 entertainment shows will say Nothing about the passing of Soupy Sales, and that is a shame because he was a very talented and quite popular comedian.

    Thank goodness there was a generation that grew up watching people just like Soupy Sales instead of Jon & Kate or the father of 'ballon boy'.

    Rest in peace Soupy. Your fans will miss you and they will remember all the joy you brought into their lives.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  255. George B.

    I met Soupy on a street in Manhattan and said hello. He was so warm and friendly to me; a complete stranger. Classy guy.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  256. djoneill

    Soupy was the best part of my summer trips to my aunts house, in Topeka, KS. I lived in a much smaller town in Western KS, and had no idea of what tv land was all about...Soupy taught me that television could have been put to much better use. The pie in the face and that enigmatic look of mischief and consternation was priceless. He really looked through that box at me, and I felt like I was transported to his world. What a treat. RIP

    October 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  257. A.R Day

    Loved Soupy as a kid. I miss comics like him. I will always have great memories.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  258. dil doe

    what begins with f and ends with uck?

    firetruck

    October 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  259. johnrj08

    I am surprised that Clyde Adler hasn't been mentioned in any of the articles about Soupy Sales' passing. Adler provided the voices, arms and background characters (the "man at the door") which were as important to the humor of Sale's show as Sales himself.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Jack Stoller

    My father worked long hours as a bakery owner, but somehow contrived to come home at 4pm in time to watch Soupy on NYC television. He was a big part of my youth. R.I.P. Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  261. Cindy H.

    When I was living on Long Island, I never missed a Lunch with Soupy Sales show. I couldn't wait to watch everyday. I laughed from the beginning to end! He was the most adorable man. His humor was
    simple, clean, and hilarious. I loved all of the characters. Does anyone remember Onions Oregano? I loved him, and the fact that he was suppose to be so nice off camera, is so great in these times. I hope I'll meet up with him one day.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  262. ps

    I sing and dance in musicals, and we have one particular dance that we do that includes the Soupy Shuffle! We are doing that dance now, as a matter of fact. Thank you, Soupy for the wonderful laughs.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  263. Bonnie from NJ

    It is so sad to hear about the passing of Soupy Sales. What a great guy. He was so kind, and just so funny. Our favorite character from his show was Pookie. I remember sitting with my parents and watching his show around dinner time. We would be hysterical. In fact, my mother picked up the name "Pookie" as a cute, loving name to call our pets no matter what there real name was. Over the years, I would catch glimses of him on PBS specials, and it brought back such happy memories from my childhood. There is nothing more therapeutic than a good belly laugh, and Soupy was the guy who could easily send you there.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  264. Dennis

    I was about eight years old in the late 50's and watching an episode of "Lunch With Soupy", when during every show there would be a knock on the door and we would guess who it might be (most of the time it was a big dog named Fang) This time however, Soupy answerd the door and the stage crew had set Soupy up by having a naked lady standing there, which the viewers could not see. Soupy's reaction was one of the most classic "TV" surprises of all time.
    May he keep them laughing on the "Big" stage forever.

    Dennis/Nashville,Tn.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  265. C. from Michigan

    Oh my gosh, white fang and black tooth, kookla, fran, and ollie! I remember sitting in front of the TV, with a TV tray and a little child's chair, eating the same sandwich....PB & J. I think he gave the menu for the next day, so I could eat exactly what Soupy Sales ate. I ate one bite as he did, we all ate our lunch together. That was via a Detroit TV station which I remember vividly. Back then we had to wait for a TV show to come on...no continuous programing then! We "warmed up the TV" and waited! I am going to be 60 yrs old next spring!! What an Icon!!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  266. Kerry Zielinski

    Detroit has a special place for Soupy.
    We will miss him. I remember as a youth watching his show and waiting for the pie..... you knew it was coming.....

    Years after his show – Soupy was a regular guest on various local radio shows updating his happening. Despite this era of humor with foul language and dirty – Soupy survived in honest humor, and basic fun.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  267. Chas

    "Soupy Sales"....his name brings back fond memories of just silly, slap stick humor....that I loved as a kid growing up in the (it had to have been) in the '60's!!! OMG!?!
    He had huge sock puppet dragon characters called "Black Tooth" and "White Fang" that would murmur things to him in which he would interpret to the TV audience that would make us laugh...then they would slap him in the face with a pie! It was the much needed comedic diversion that made life so worth living in Chicago (and Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bugs Bunny)
    I had forgotten about him until I read his passing...and all those fond memories just flashed back to me. I forgot what I had for breakfast but I remember those 50 year old memories. He made me laugh.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  268. Linda in L.A.

    Ahhhh, Soupy Sales – I would hurry home from school to watch his program! White Fang and Pookie were my favs. At age 15, my next door neighbor (age 21) married. That night, I was over at her house for the after reception reception and spent the night teaching the college crowd how to do the Soupy Shuffle! Lotsa fun. He was one of a kind!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  269. Steve

    Soupy made my day!

    Do you know how the back stage guys got Soupy in such a great mood during the show?

    October 23, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  270. Jeff

    Soupie began his career at WXYZ-TV in Detroit. I watched him every lunchtime as a kid. His prime sponsor was JELLO. He would have the next day's menu on a blackboard and when he got to dessert it was inevitably JELLO. He and the camera would shake, just as the JELLO would in the dish.

    The great part is that in later years there would be film of what was really happening behind that door he would open that would make him laugh. Things like a topless stripper dancing behind the wall.

    How about the little hole nest to the door and when he would uncork it, it would spray water in his face.

    It is hard to believe it was all 55 years ago.

    Rest in peace funny man. Thanks for the laughter you gave me as a child.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  271. jodie Prieto

    Soupy's ability to laugh at his own expense. In the 1993 movie "and god spoke.. the making of". In the mockumentary he played the role of himself, playing an inept moses in a low budget b-movie about the bible. He own riducularity was expanded by the fact that his character played him "over the top" and came down from the sinai with a six pack off coke to appease sponsors.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  272. Diane Reitmyer

    Where do you begin because just watching his expressions made you laugh. Pokie, White Fang, Black Tooth, they were all foils for his face that could mold into a new look every second. He always made you feel like you were in on the joke when he looked into the camera like it was just you and him.

    I remember the last time I saw him was at the Main Street Comedy Theatre several years ago in Ann Arbor, MI. His hair was white and he could no longer walk without assistance. It broke my heart.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  273. Dick Boyden

    I remember racing home from work in the mid 60s to catch not only Soupy, Sandy Baron, Chuck McCann on channel 5 in NYC. Soupy's show was not just for kids , but for adults as well. Some of the things that went out of sight of the TV audience was quite racy. ANd the dialogue with double entendres really made it for the adult audience. I still remember some of the jokes he told and the skits with Philo Kvetch and Oinions Oregano, we all did the "Mouse" in our living rooms, but never sent in the green paper in my wallet.

    We'll miss you Soupy

    October 23, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  274. Nancy Nugent

    I remember my grandmother taking me to the mall, Menlo Park Mall it was called then, one day to watch Soupy Sales perform on one of the round stages. It was in front of Bamberger's I think. I watched and was fascinated by him. I even got his autograph. Kinda fun for a kid.

    I also remember a TV show where he would talk out a door to someone and then get a pie in the face, unless he would duck, which he did occasionally. His guests also appeared through that door too. I do not remember the name of teh show though.

    Rest in peace. You brought all of laughs for years, now you get to do it for a bigger audience.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  275. Helene

    I grew up watching Soupy!! Loved and Lived for those pies in his face!
    RIP Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  276. Melanie Anne Phillips

    Soupy Sales is forever tied to visits from my father. My parents divorced when I was just a year old. Every Saturday, my dad would drive down to visit for a few hours. The hour before he arrived, The Soupy Sales Show" was showing on TV.

    Watching the show became all tied up with my eager anticipation of my father's visit. To this day, I am still drawn to that kind of comedy and have followed Soupy's career for years. And each joke, each prat fall, each "aside" to the TV audience bills my heart with the memories of those wonderful Saturdays, so long ago.

    Want a Soupy treat? Check out the little known DVD, "And God Spoke" in which Soupy plays Moses, and delivers such memorable lines as (while presenting the Ten Commandments and holding a six-pack of Coke as a product promotion) "It is an Elixer from the Lord".

    October 23, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  277. ken negran

    I'll never forget when Soupy was on WNBC radio in the 1980's and Howard Stern, whose show was directly after Soupy's, called him up live on the air, because of an argument about the messy condition of the Studio when he arrived.
    They got into a heated exchange, Howard got mad and cut the strings on Soupy's piano while they were arguing...Soupy got so mad that he
    used the F word to Howard and it went out on the radio.
    That was an epic moment in radio history, and you should put it on your retrospective if you can locate it.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  278. Tom from New Mexico

    Pookie ... White Fang and Black Tooth ... the mailman at the door ... an incredibly funny show and no one else could have pulled it off other than Soupy. A truly sad day.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  279. Peter, San Marcos, Ca

    As a nine year old I saw Soupy perform on an outdoor stage at the New York World's Fair in '65. Soupy was there to promote an oral hygiene program: "Dr. Shiny Teeth." There were pretty young ladies walking through the crowd passing out packets of red plaque disclosing tablets and sheets with gold star stickers for the kids to reward themselves for practicing good brushing habits. Lesson learned as I still have all my own teeth!
    Thanks, Soupy and R.I.P.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  280. Tom B.

    I grew up in Jersey City and watched Soupy on TV. The set was a room in a house with a window and door opening onto a back yard. Guests and puppets would appear at the window or the door and interact with Soupy.
    One time the crew wanted to play a practical joke on Soupy so they had a woman knock on the door. when Soupy opened the door he was confronted by a naked woman. The audience didn't know what Soupy was looking at because she stayed out of the camera shot. He got flustered and about as red faced as you can get on black and white TV.
    It wasn't till years later when I saw that scene, shot from a different angle, that I realized what Soupy was looking at.
    Another Soupy moment was when he had a large drawing pad and he wrote a large "F" on it. He turned to his crew and asked what letter it was. Everyone answered "K". He looked at the letter and asked what letter is that? Again they all answered "K". He looked at the letter one more time and asked: "How come I see F and you see K?"
    I think he was off the air for two weeks for that one.
    I think Soupy Sales marked the end of Burlesque in TV comedy. Many of the things said and done on live TV can't be duplicated (or repeated) now.
    He will be missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  281. Paul Slater

    Although I didn't hear it live, I love the story of Soupy being on his live kiddie TV show when he said "hey kids.. i was at the baseball game with my girlfriend the other day and I said to her 'how about I kiss you between the strikes and you kiss me between the balls"... and then suddenly the show was suddenly cut... all you heard was that long 'beeeeeeeeep'...fun stuff.. love you Soupy!!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  282. Luis Honesto

    Soupy was one of the greatest. No one had a show like his. You couldn't help but love soupy and his TV family, they always had you laughing. I started watching his show back in the 60's when I was a kid. Then my dad started watching. We got hooked on him and never missed a show. Luckly you can still get some of his shows on CD from morada (They,re worth the price.) He will be greatly missed and I doubt there will ever be another "Soupy Sales". Did he ever get a star on the hollywood walk of fame? If not he deserves one. Soupy you were the best!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  283. John Smith

    Soupy Sales was great.

    He had a blackboard where he would write his daily Words of Wisdom.

    Example
    "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you!"

    White Fang, Black Tooth, and Pookie. I miss them all.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  284. James Wagner

    Look a little closer, perhaps you can trace, the tracks of my tears...I am so saddened by Soupy's passing. He was a big part (and still is...memories count) of my life. His comedy was straight from the heart...love of his work and fellow man showed in all his work. A friend of mine, Unsteady Freddie, and I went to a NYC Rock & Roll Revival years ago where various groups were performing. Soupy was signing t-Shirts with a photo of Pookie (my family named a dog Pookie) Hippie, and Soupy. Soupy signed: To James, Love Soupy...PS, that's me on the right. Self depreciation at its best...

    My entire High School was a fan of Soupy...he would great each other with that monstrous "HI !!!!" that he would yell to his viewers...

    Phone rings, Soupy answers: IS THIS SOUPY SALES? Yes... GOTTA TELL YOU ABOUT MY GIRLFRIEND...great double take look towards camera by Soupy...I TOOK HER TO THE BASEBALL GAME, I KISSED HER BETWEEN THE STRIKES, SHE KISSED ME BETWEEN THE....!!!

    MY GIRL CAN'T BAKE AN APPLE PIE, BUT SHE CAN SURE MAKE MY BANANA CREAM....

    Unreally funny...even today. His "Words of Wisdom" are classics.

    Most of all, Soupy's smile was always on his face...how many people do we see smiling today?

    Smile in memory of Soupy, perhaps someone will smile back, and we can spread the "Peace Smile" around the world...

    My sincere, and heartfelt condolences to Soupy's family, and all in his extended family.

    Growing older sucks...but it happens to us all. Man, I hope there is a heaven, because life without Soupy's laughter would be hell.

    James Wagner

    October 23, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  285. Dr. Robert John Davis

    My most vivid memories of Soupy Sales stem form the fact that the show originated at WXYZ TV, about 3 miles from our family home in Oak Park Michigan .Everyday I would rush home from Tyler Elementary school during lunch hour in order to watch Soupy's show at that time. I learned to do the Soupy Shuffle and could do it in perfect timing with Soupy and always remembered to say "contact" when Soupy introduced a cartoon. Who can forget, Whitefang, Blacktooth, or Pooky, the meanest dog in Detroit? But you knew at some point, Burt Ruby, Soupy's sidekick on the show, was going to give Soupy that pie in the face and that's what made the show so much fun. To this day I still remember Soupy always wearing the v-neck sweater with the bow tie and nostalgically miss the days when I came home to my mom for lunch and had a sandwich, a bowl of soup, and a glass of milk with Soupy. As Mary Hopkin said so eloquently, " those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end" and with Soupy's death they undeniably have. Dr. Robert John Davis

    October 23, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  286. David

    Soupy, White Fang and Black Tooth... used to watch them as a kid.
    Rest in Peace Soupy.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  287. JL Ledoux

    As a kid our family got to meet Soupy Sales and some of his pals around the pool while we were on a family vacation to the Key Biscayne Hotel in Miami - maybe mid 1960s. He and his group were so nice to us all and treated us - especially all of us children - like we were family. Very relaxed and laid back... just enjoying the great sun and families around the pool. There were more famous folks with him at the time, but he actually stood out ...I don't even recall the other "stars" names now. We took a few Polaroid pictures and would recall the event over the years... my sister looking funny as a 13 year old in one of her first two piece bathing suits with Soup Sale's arm around her shoulder. Now the pictures are long gone along with our Mother and many other childhood remembrances. Thanks for the memory Soupy; that was a fun family time not recalled in awhile!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  288. Pam Huff

    I have fond memories of watching Soupy when I came home from school for lunch. I was in the second grade when he first appeared on Lunch with Soupy. I loved Pookie and the little worm but mostly White Fang and Black Tooth....decidedly "campy" and perfectly wonderful!
    And the Soupy Shuffle and the overgrown bow tie. When I was teaching freshman English in 1978 in Georgia–where they had no idea who Soupy was–I used to do the Shuffle across the front of the classroom. They thought I was crazy, of course, but I didn't care. One day I gave them an assignment and said, "And now you go home and be sure to drink your milk, and I love you and give you a big kiss!" And made a popping noise with my mouth. That was it for them. They thought I'd really gone over the edge. I knew better. :-)
    Goodbye Soupy. You brought great joy into my life.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  289. Lyn Porter

    Growing up in the 50's in Detroit, I remember watching Soupy as often as I could. The one thing that stands out in my memory is the daily vitamins and White Fang who never made through the door as I recall. As a school nurse, I have many times over the years chanted to my students while dispensing pills: " Through the teeth, through the gums, look out tummy here it comes!" I have been rewarded with many grins, thanks to Soupy Sales.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  290. Ted Parish

    Soupy brings a smile to my face, even now, remembering all of his off script antics. He was a cult hero to all of us high school kids of that era. Maybe he wasn't the biggest star, but he was one of the best.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  291. Ruth G

    As a little girl in the Detroit area, I came home from school for lunch every day and shared my peanut-butter and jelly sandwich time with Soupy. My mom said she realized how savvy a kid I was when she caught me not only laughing at Soupy's silly antics for kids, but actually "getting" all the wild and witty asides (sometimes risque) meant to amuse the adults!

    RIP Soupy...thanks for the laughter!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  292. Delores Nickel

    Lunch with Soupy Sales is one fond memory in an otherwise horrible childhood. I loved his show and his wonderful humor!! God has a special pie waiting.....

    October 23, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  293. Danis Pfeffer

    "Soup"..."White Fang" & "BlackTooth" ...Unforgettable!
    Unbeleivable self control.....without flinching!.... An "Absolute"
    positive role-model in dealing with short-sighted indifference.
    His existance and influence is and shall be, truelly memorable.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  294. Beth R

    I remember seeing the show live when Soupy's crew was having some fun with him. They kept rapping on the door at the back of the set and Soupy was running back and forth between the door and facing the camera toward the audience.

    Turns out there was a naked, jiggling woman standing just out of camera range behind the door. Soupy would run back and forth laughing but the viewing audience didn't know what was going on, of course.

    He totally maintained his cool while having a good time.

    (PS: kinescope of that show is on the internet somewhere)

    He was a great and funny man who will be missed. Thanks Soupy

    October 23, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  295. Glen

    Ah, yes, Soupy Sales. I go back a bit longer with Mr Sales. The late fifties through the sixties, Soupy was on every morning at 6:30am in Detroit, Michigan. He introduced me to The Three Stooges. His puppets, White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie the Lion, and one other were the real entertainers.

    Then, I saw Soupy do the Soupy shuffle. Everyone in the house was doing the Soupy shuffle. At school, we would do the Soupy shuffle. Matter of fact, the whole town of Detroit, at least at that time, was doing the Soupy shuffle.

    I could not wait for the Three Stooges to come on. Knowing that I had to be out the door to go to school, I waited until the very, very last minute. I would see the Three Stooges come on, then mom would yell, Glen, time to get to school now. Yes, in those days we walked. No buses to carry us to school. Healthier to walk anyway.

    I will certainly miss Mr. Sales and all of the characters he had brought to my life. Thank you Soupy, thank you for being there to entertain us through it all. You made a lot of people very happy, and yes, have given us a real laugh or two.

    For the family, I am sorry for the loss of Soupy. God Bless you all as you go through this time. I am sad but, I am happy to have know such a great man. I always wanted him to pie me in the face.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  296. Mjmajors

    I grew up in Brookyn with the Soupy Sales Show in the 50's. I enjoyed watching my older brothers laugh their pants off at Soupy's antics, so I always joined in the fun. My brothers and I can still do a great White Fang and Black Tooth imitation. I especially loved Pooky the Lion, and the ad libs that went along with it. In the later years, Soupy did a Detective skit with Onions Oregano, whose breath would knock people over. I recently rented some of the shows from Netflix and was shocked to see Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. get hit with pies in the face. What a blast from the past.

    Soupy, the world is a less funny place without you. A chunk of my childhood has passed. Thanks for the belly laughs.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  297. Joe Soter

    I grew up in Detroit and used to watch "Lunch with Soupy" on WXYZ-TV in glorious black and white. He has regular shtick that my buddies and I would use to lighten up the afternoons at the elementary school we attended. Gems that come to mind are: Doing the"Soupy Shuffle" Words of Wizdumb like "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you!" The milk song, "C-O-W spells a cow, C-O-W spells a cow! A cow eats up all the grass and that's how milk gets in your glass! C-O-W spells a cow." I learned to suck spaghetti noodles one at a time from watching Soupy. Drinking milk with a sound effect of a bomb falling from the sky as it hits the stomach. Barking like White Fang and Black Tooth in the back of the classroom. I still have my official "Soupy Sales Birdbath Club" membership card that got me into free live shows at the old Michigan Theater. Pookie and Hippy at the window: Right face, left face, funny face! The day Soupy called up Count Dracula on the phone: "Hey, Count!" "Vun, Two , Three, Four..."

    There are a lot of fifty and sixty something crazies out there who are sad today. Thank you, Soupy, from the Detroit kids who'll always love you. We'll miss you.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  298. David

    Soupy Sales on Saturdays made Sundays thru Fridays move in slow motion. Saturday mornings with Soupy Sales couldn't come fast enough or stay around long enough. Long live Blacktooth and Whitefang. Blahaa, Blahaa.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  299. Jeff Elkins

    I remember watching Soupy during high school years (1958-1961). My favorite skits were when he talked with White Fang (the nicest dog in the world) and Black Tooth (the meanest dog in the world). Of course, they talked in dog language. Soupy understood them and translated what they were saying for the TV audience. These dogs were probably 9 feet tall, cause all we saw was their paws (white and black), which were up around Soupy's head on the screen. He had to look up at their faces.
    The show was supposedly for kids, but many of his comedy bits were so sophisticated, I think you had to be at least high school age to understand the humor.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  300. Joe in Rochester, NY

    An often shown replay of a 1959 Soupy Sales show as Sales was ending the show, he heard a scream from behind the door. When he opened the door he saw a topless dancer gyrating with a balloon. Viewers saw only the balloon, although a second, non-broadcasting camera captured the uncensored version, and Sales was forced to try to keep the show going without revealing the risque events backstage. The episode is a classic in its own right, but also a classic in pulling off the perfect prank live on TV. The episode is still available on YouTube, but difficult to find. It's simply Lunch with Soupy Sales 1959 and it plays both versions: the G rated is first and after that one is complete it starts another show with the R rated version. Hysterical!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  301. Kent W. Cockson

    Soupy Sales, White Fang, Black Tooth and that big bowl of Jell-O that made funny sounds when Soupy jiggled it - it doesn't get much funnier than that when you're a pre-teen farm kid growing up near Columbus, Neb. That was long ago in a galaxy far away. But, even though I am retired now, I remember like yesterday how Soupy Sales and his clean TV-show antics made me laugh at the drop of a hat. Today, my hat's off to a comedy legend who will be sorely missed.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  302. Peter

    Hey Kids! Firetruck.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  303. Thomas Hall

    Soupy Sales was a gentle, fun-loving guy. His show was always casual and unpredictable like the time he went to the door and was shocked when a naked woman appeared (off-camera). His skits with low-budgert characters in which only a hairy arm appeared for White Fang and Black Tooth showed his natural, improv talent. His quick wit and one-liners made him a staple on Hollywood Squares and other shows. He did not need a bank of writers. He was just plain funny and will be missed by all whose lives he made just a bit brighter.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  304. Gary from Jersey

    Everything stopped in my neighborhood while Soupy was on. It was a wild, unpredictable and hilarious show that influences me to this day. White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie and Hippie and Reba and Nate in the stove are permanent parts of my sense of humor, which, thanks to them, is permanently twisted.

    I can't tell you how often my whole high school would throw his quotes from the afternoon before into conversations, so popular and ingrained was he. And it goes on to this day: in his honor, I'm going as White Fang and my wife will be Blacktooth on Halloween. Just look for the giant black and white arms grunting and warbling at puzzled kids in Wanamassa, NJ.

    Always remember, kids. If at first you don't succeed, try shortstop.

    God bless you and grant you peace, Soup. And thanks for many hours of irreplaceable fun.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  305. Vicki Krueger

    I loved Soupy Sales!

    Sometime in the early sixties we used to watch him on T.V. in the afternoon in So. California.
    He had White Fang and Black Tooth on, which were just big hairy paws that were limited to Uh Huh and Uh Uh sounds. And they generally ended up wrestling at the end of each exchange.
    I loved the close ups where Soupy would look impishly into the camera almost asking, Did you here that?
    I heard but didn't see an episode where Soupy was said to have made a hand gesture which to this day is not widely accepted on T.V. I was real disappointed I missed that moment.
    I will miss his comedy so much.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  306. Ryan

    and I forgot to mention – POOKIE!!!! Oh my goodness, Pookie was the best, my absolute favorite.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  307. Karen Myers

    I loved his show as a kid! When I had a tonsilectomy at age 7 (in about 1964), all I wanted as a get well gift was his record of "The Mouse," one of his silly songs. He really could "make my brains fall out" (another signature phrase from that show). I can't believe I remember these after all those years!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  308. K O'Connell

    I'll never forget White Fang & Snagel Tooth on his show.
    When I was a child I remember him still standing at that doorway and you never knew what was coming next.
    His comedy started me off with a smile each day that has stayed with me all of these years.
    All my prayers to him and his family.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  309. Ryan

    So many memories – White Fang, Black Tooth, Soupy standing in front of the camera, sitting at the kitchen window. Oh I loved him so much. The great thing about Soupy was that he appealed to parents and children alike. He didn't dumb-down his comedy for children – he made us rise up to it. Watching his show is a great childhood memory.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  310. Peggy

    I loved him and always loved watching him on tv as a youngster. One felt like part of a secret and really funny world while watching him carry on with guests and staff. Another one of the greats and part of a lost world is gone. Sad

    October 23, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  311. Gregg

    My wife can't make Cherry pie....but she sure can make my banana creme.......RIP Soup

    October 23, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  312. Barry G

    I remember coming home from school and watching the Soupy Sales show which was the highlight of a young child every day. The slapstick was to die for. Whitefang, blacktooth, and the skit with Robin Motors (a car agency in Los Angeles) which almost got Sales kicked off the air still makes me chuckle. A great comedian is gone!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  313. Dan H

    White Fang, Black Tooth and the stripper. The man knew how to entertain.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  314. Ray R

    I grew up in the Detroit area in the 50's watching Soupy Sales at lunchtime. Whitefang, Blacktooth and Pookie were my friends along with all of the other characters that were part of my lunchtime. I also feel the loss of a dear friend. RIP Soupy Sales. You brought much joy and laughter to a young impressionable boy.

    October 23, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  315. K. Nicoson

    I loved Soupy Sales show, White Fang, Black Tooth and Peaches. He was so funny and could make you start your day with a smile. Always I believe unrehearsed but so, so funny.
    God Speed our Friend!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  316. joan

    I remember the little song that he use to sing, it was a while ago but I think it went like this; A fa la fa ca, Can anyone help me with that song.
    thanks

    October 23, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  317. james hotz

    I thought he was really funny, he would pull adult pranks on the kids show, with his puppet fang. Kids are smart, and I always talked to my two daughters as adults, I never had to disaplin them.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  318. Rafael Navarro Leiton

    The Pookie Players were great and not to forget White Fang and Black Tooth.And not to forget the man next door .Soupy I'll miss you ...

    October 23, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  319. Bob Dockery

    I used to watch Soupy Sales after school in Chicago. Along with White Fang, Black Tooth and his pie fights, it was hilarious for a pre-teen. Along with Steve Allen, the 3 Stooges and local radio DJ Dick Biondi, he was a real influence on my sense of humor. No modern comedians like to be silly anymore, and that's a loss – as is Soupy's death. I'll miss him.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  320. Eric Esterson

    When I was growing up into early teens, Soupy Sales was a must see show every Saturday, he was cool before there was cool. "White Fang, how much is an ear of corn? A buck'n ear? Noo! A pie'n ear!! Splat!!
    God speed Soupy, I'm lowering my flag to half staff.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  321. Nina

    Watching Soupy when I was home sick and singing and dancing along with "Do the Mouse" and the Soupy Shuffle. White Fang. It was tons of fun and laughter.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  322. Bob

    His routine he had on television with "White Fang". Great memories of my childhood. He will be missed greatly.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  323. Jack Spalding

    In the late 50's Soupy was on Detroit TV 3 times a day, breakfast and lunch with Soupy,Black tooth,White fang and all and then a late night show that featured all the zany skits,falling trees in pictures,take offs on commercials and characters like riverboat gambler Gaylord Slade. It was a sad day when he left Detroit for bigger things. It's far sadder today to hear of his passing.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  324. jaime Greer

    My parents would watch him and laugh harder than anyone. I was only 5 when we got a TV living in So.San Fran in 1963. Cap'n Kangaroo was my show. Soupy and Laugh In were my Moms. Only the hippies really understood him at the time. My Mom was one and still is.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  325. John Boil

    He was my hero.... will saddly miss him....

    October 23, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  326. Scott Killeen

    I watched Soupy Sales with my dad when I was growing up, he was the first comic I related to probably because my dad was always laughing out loud and so would I at Soupy's jokes and skits. My dad was a computer programmer back in the early 1960's, so when he laughed it had to be Soupy Sales doing something funny.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  327. Howie

    During the 1960's, my friends and I, all NYC high school students would rush home to watch the Soupy Sales' Show. We knew and appreciated who the true audience was...all the adolescent males that got the double entendre jokes and skits. So a heartful thanks to White Fang, Black Tooth and the great unseen, but heard stage crew.
    Thanks Soupy!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  328. michael

    1963-1967 were the years that soupy's tv show really hit its stride. with the magic word, white fang, black tooth and all the other characters that never appeared on camera. i was in high school in Manhattan and i can remember lots of kids spoofing soupy's polka dot bow tie and occasionally answering a question in class in one of the characters voices. After a while some of the teachers got it, and it always drew a laugh. Soupy was really funny and a knew what made people laugh way back then. He was very original, irreverant in his way and i think,ahead of his time. Sorry to say, whenever we lose some one from oour youth, it makes us feel older.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  329. Bunny Zukowski

    I remember Soupy's humor that was way over a kid's head. I remember his songs Pafalafaka and White Fang and to this day i still quote one of my favorite of his sayings:
    "Be true to your teeth and they will not be false to you."

    I truly feel like I lost a friend today. They broke the mold when they made him. Rest in Peace – the Angels are having comedy day today.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  330. Deb C

    In 1954 I was four and watching him every day in Allentown PA. Every day he would have a lunch menu and he always told me to eat my Jello. I would ask my mom to make Jello every day. I would immediately gag on the slippery stuff and toss my lunch. My mom stopped giving me Jello and I threw a hissy fit, because Soupy wanted me to eat it. I would beg and plead that I would eat it this time. Soupy was God to me. I loved the pie in the face and would scream at him that it was coming. Of course he never heeded my advice.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  331. Al DeMalteris

    I watched Soupy every day. There are many memories like the "send the green paper in your parents handbags and pockets to Soupy". My favorite ones were " my girlfriend came to the ball game with me I kissed her between the strikes she kissed me between the balls", then there was "my girlfriend can't make a cherry pie but she can sure make my bananna creme."

    October 23, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  332. Nick Shuraleff

    I believe Soupy Sales started his TV career in Detroit, or I would like to think that is where he gained his popularity. Who can forget "Willy, the Worm" in his apple or Soupy wishing sick children a get well, especially giving advice of "Don't go near any bowling alleys" for those with measles.
    When Soupy moved on to a wider audience and more money, Detroit lost a lot. I was not only time for Soupy to move on, but me too. I don't think either of us looked back at Detroit with regret.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  333. Tina Parker

    In the 70's, Soupy came to my home town of Moses Lake, WA to star in a play. He was on some game show at the time and they asked him where he was going. Soupy replied "Moose Lake". Not trying to be funny, just messed up the name. When Soupy arrived in Moses Lake, there was a big banner that read, "Welcome to Moose Lake, SOAPY!" He got a big kick out of it.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  334. Richard Osborne

    Soupy Sales was the funniest comedian I ever saw. Of course, my taste, as an eight year old, was not all that sophisticated. I remember the impact his tv show had on me- his humor and characters seemed to connect right into my living room. All of the energy on the set including Soupy's loopy dancing, unusual speaking cadences, and strange characters were mesmerizing. I don't remember what "White Fang" and "Blacktooth" actually did on the show but I remember they were hilarious. Soupy had a way to connect with little kids, and, even as an adult, seeing and hearing him brought a smile to my face. R.I.P. Soupy Sales!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  335. jeff ehrlich

    I remember the behind the scenes segment where they showed what was actually going on outside his door. The time they had a stripper on the other side and Soupy was struck speechless but then said some really funny stuff. Of course all the audience ever saw was Soupy cracking up. Great, great stuff. Ran home after school many days to see the show.
    Adios Soupy Sales

    October 23, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  336. Patrick S.

    Used to watch Soupy every day on WXYZ in Detroit, and learned the Soupy Shuffle from that program. I saw Soupy in Jackson MI a few years ago, and watched a middle aged man perform the Soupy Shuffle in front of the Autograph table for about 10 minutes. Soupy was always generous and kind to his fans, and watching his delight at this man doing the shuffle was better than the show. What a great memory of a great man.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  337. david h morrison

    I am in my mid 50's and during the 1960's I grew up with Soupy Sales on local TV. I would pretend to be sick so I could stay home and watch Soupy on TV. He was a local celebrity here in Detroit and he will be missed!

    October 23, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  338. richard e. dunlap Sr

    TO SOUPY SALES FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY THAT SOUPY HAS PASSED ON TO THE BIG PIE IN THE SKY. I GREW UP WATCHING HIS SHOW AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. HE WAS A GREAT ENTERTAINER AND HE WILL BE MISSED. RICHARD E. DUNLAP SR.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  339. Tom Michelin

    Soupy will always be remembered for my best track times ever while in Kindergarten and First Grade, getting home for lunch to watch his daily noon show on WXYZ – Detroit.

    Even though he moved on shortly thereafter to greener pastures, Pookie, Black Tooth, White Fang,et al shall be fondly remembered along with the genius that created them – Soupy.

    Godspeed.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  340. Larold Rebhun

    I think Pee Wee's Playhouse was based on The Soupy Sales show. It had a casual madness to it. Soupy seemed like he was having a good time, and so did his audience.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  341. Maybelle Manley

    I remember Soupy Sales saids Do not eat snack such as candy prior to lunch and dinner. I still stick to this rule today for myself and my kids.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  342. Ron

    my older brother and I used to watch Soupy Sales together and laugh until we couldn't stand it. Black Tooth and White Fang was the funniest bit – I recently bought some CD's so I could watch again. Watching Soupy and laughing so much are some of my best childhood memories.

    October 23, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  343. Debra R

    Another great comedian who did not have to resort to sex, foul language or race baiting to be funny...the end of an era...

    October 23, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |

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