This Is Tom Jones (February 7, 1969)  13321


  • 00:03:00 Amazingly dated misogynistic sketch with delivery of a parcel of girls
  • 00:08:27 Sketch with Richard Prior and the girls, where one of the girls retells a joke very poorly
  • 00:14:00 Richard Prior sketch … “I’m one of the few people who remembers being born …”, birth control pills “I gave birth to a 9lb aspirin”, Pope and Catholic shortage, going to a white Protestant church, plainchant = Dracula, Revivalist preaching style: “When I first saw the light, I knew it was the day … because the light does not shine at night” … “I first met God in 1929, just outside a little hotel in Baltimore” … “and the voice said: pssst”.
  • 00:18:35 More from the girls. Commercial break lead-in.
  • 00:19:30 Talking in Welsh. Introducing Mary Hopkin “a young girl from the land of song”.
  • 00:24:00 More Welsh from Mary Hopkin. Then link into Peter Sellars, and conversation. See intro at 00:00:00 for Tom Jones’s comment about Peter Sellars’ improvisation of Welshness in the sketch; “I appreciate you appreciating me … I love a good appreciate, I do; you can’t get them now, can you”
  • 00:27:00 Peter Sellars sketch: British Trade Fair abroad, trying to sell a car. Statement about poverty of imagination/conservatism in British industry of the time; “This, Sir, is a red car” … “Geoffrey, look I’ve got some very bad news … there’s been a bit of a leak and they’re on to the green already”.
  • 00:29:40 Link into live concert section: “Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Tom Jones …”
  • 00:36:00 Close, with girls, and “good night” in Welsh. Playout: “It’s not Unusual” reprise. Pan Am credit.


    Danny Boy
    • words by Frederic Weatherly
    Kansas City
    • music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    • words by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    Those Were the Days
    • music by Boris Fomin
    • words by Gene Raskin
    Ride My See-Saw
    • music by John Lodge
    • words by John Lodge
    Help Yourself
    • music by Carlo Donida
    • words by Jack Fishman
    It’s Not Unusual
    • music by Gordon Mills, Les Reed
    • words by Gordon Mills, Les Reed
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