Are The Smothers Brothers Still Around Today?
The Smothers Brothers were one of the most unique acts of their time. But Tom and Dick Smothers have largely been out of the spotlight for several years now since retiring, long after their popular TV show was cancelled in 1969. Let's find out where the brothers are today.
It's been over 50 years since The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was controversially pulled from TV back in 1969.
But that was far from the end for Tom and Dick Smothers, the real-life brothers who were among the most popular acts of the 1960s and '70s. In fact, the unique musical-comedy performers were active for decades after and only retired in 2010.
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The Smothers Brothers may not be performing live anymore, but they are very much still around today. Tom is 84 and Dick is 81, and they've both still been making occasional headlines in recent years.
The brothers actually made a rare appearance together in 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of their TV show getting cancelled. It was their most recent public reunion, after retiring in 2010.
"At least we're both alive and not having someone speak for us. We can mumble our own way through," Tom joked to AP News before the show, in which they reflected on their career and CBS pulling their show over politics, censorship, and controversial jokes.
The Smothers Brothers today
As for performing, both Smothers brothers primarily only appear today in documentaries to talk comedy and music history. A joint appearance on The Simpsons in 2009 was one of the brothers' last acting credits.
Both brothers have also been in the news in recent years for listing big-money properties on the market.
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