In a recurring skit called "Musical Question", the pretty girls would come down the stairs, sing the question on the card and Dean would sing them an answer. At first it starts out smooth, but as the third girl sings, she messes up the words to a song by singing "Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all", the girl stops in embarrassment and Dean laughs and tells the audience that "She made a mistake" and is glad it wasn't him. He corrects her by telling her the lyric before the lyric she just sang; humors the girl; and decides to do the whole song all over again just for her. As the girls sing their song again, the girl who messed up got it correct and a proud Dean Martin briefly kisses her on the cheek and beautifully sings her the answer. This was no outtake or blooper this was actually aired live on TV. That was part of the fun on the show, you didn't know what was going to happen or if somebody was going to mess up and when they did, Dean would get a good laugh, fix the mistake and sometimes redo the whole song or skit.
VICTOR BORGE'S MUSICAL PHONETIC PUNCTUATION
This skit always has me laughing hard and at times has me sing along to the songs. Victor Borge teaches Dean how to sing a song with punctuation marks and they both do a medley by singing hit songs by making the punctuation sounds. The noises and hand gestures for the punctuation marks really, really make me cry with laughter. Dean and Victor both seem to be having a ball and Dean nearly spits at Victor a few times while making the noise. All the songs they sing are all classics and hearing them in a new way makes me want to try to sing them that way. Heck, sometimes they miss a lyric, while making the noises. This skit has me roaring with laughs every time I see it; teaches me a new comedic method in singing; and on top of it all, my Grandma loves this skit a lot and she too loves Dean as much as I do.
Those are my top moments of my "Favorite Moments From "The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show: Special Edition DVD". Other moments include Dean and Bob Newharts first skit together; Jimmy Stewart doing impressions; a hoedown with Roy Rogers; Jack Benny and his own Ding-A-Lings; and Ann Margret singing a duet with Dean. They are all good skits too, but these are my favorite and yes, the DVD is at least worth a look for fans of Dean and his show. Coming up next I'll be doing another Dean Martin related list and a special thanks post for a special Dean site for supporting my count down when that list is finished.