Video: BETTE MIDLER ON THE DOWNSIDE OF STARDOM – The Mike Walsh Show 1980

So much of TV entertainment footage in the past has been wiped out, including ABC-TV’s Countdown and GTK. However the has started to put online footage from the daytime The Show which ran in the 1970s and 1980s to a weekly audience of 5 million. Footage included , , Village People and Queensland singing nun Sister , whose debut appearance caused such a storm (a good one) that she was invited back the next day.

Singer, actress and comedian Bette Midler talks about the downsides of being famous, such as no longer being able to go to the supermarket. She says ‘If I go in California, they follow me and look at what I’ve bought. They judge what I’m buying … they’re really pissed off if I’m buying Spam!’

Keep watching the clip until the end because there’s a fantastic comedy moment where a woman has fallen asleep in the audience and Walsh notices. Midler’s reaction is very funny. This is a great example of the things that can go wrong on live television and how skilled hosts and comedians can milk them.

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