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Flashback Friday: When Groucho Marx Had Everyone at the Tony Awards in Stitches

The 1968 ceremony featured a tie for Best Actress in a Musical and Groucho Marx nearly stealing the spotlight.

Fifty years ago, Angela Lansbury and Peter Ustinov hosted the 22nd annual Tony Awards. One of the night's big winners was Hallelujah, Baby!, a musical that explored African-American life in the first half of the 20th century. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Arthur Laurents, the show received five awards.

But perhaps the most memorable part of the ceremony was the monkey business of presenter Groucho Marx. Officially there to introduce the nominees for Best Actress in a Musical, he spent most of his time wriggling his eyebrows, cracking jokes, going off script, and ribbing the winners. When Leslie Uggams picked up her award for Hallelujah, Baby! (she tied with Patricia Routledge, who won for Darling of the Day), she exclaimed, "I don't know where my feet are right now!" Never one to miss an opportunity for a laugh, Marx quipped, "Do you want me to look?"

For more of his one-liners, check out the clip below.


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