Comedian Foster Brooks made alcoholism his trademark by creating a lovable but blitzed drunk known as “The Lovable Lush” who stuttered, stammered and belched his way through a conversation. Brooks was a master at appearing as someone who had had too many cocktails and was trying not to show it.
He once explained his “Favorite Hangover Cures” on an installment of the variety program THE BOOK OF LISTS/CBS/1982. His drunk routine was a recurring skit on the comedy variety program THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW/NBC/1965-74 and appeared on several Dean Martin celebrity roasts.
Note: Foster Brooks was a newscaster and disk jockey in Louisville, Kentucky before moving to California to become an actor. He made his national debut in 1962 on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON.
“Fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn’t quit, and haven’t had a drink since. At the time, I needed the $10.” – Foster Brooks
Brooks’ persona as a drunk was put good use when he became a national spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). He appeared in a series of public service announcements promoting their cause.
Born on May 11, 1912 in Louisville, Kentucky, Foster Brooks died on December 20, 2001 in Encino, California. He was 89.
See also – “Compilation of Foster Brooks on Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast” @ You Tube ;