Zany character who appeared weekly on the comedy variety program JACKIE GLEASON AND HIS AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE/CBS/1962-66.
A regular segment of this program featured the “Joe the Bartender” sketch in which singer Frank Fontaine played a local pub drunk called “Crazy Guggenheim.”
Plagued with a loud, irritating laugh, Crazy would come from the back of the bar (usually at the request of Joe) to sing a song or to share stories with Mr. Dunahee (an unseen local). Crazy’s only redeeming grace was his beautiful voice. Crazy sang along to tunes from the tavern jukebox.
Note: The Crazy Guggenheim character was based on a real-life friend of Jackie Gleason called “Puke.” Frank Fontaine had previously hosted the New York variety series FRANKIE FONTAINE/SYN/1955.