‘I Love Lucy’ Star Lucille Ball Wasn’t a ‘Natural Comic’, According to Edie Adams

by Jeremy Spirogis
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After I Love Lucy, the present’s lead forged members Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz took their characters to the hour-long The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. That’s the place comic/actor/singer Edie Adams first labored with Ball — and found that the star of I Love Lucy, one of the crucial profitable sitcoms in TV historical past, was in no way a pure comic.

Lucille Ball wasn’t a ‘natural comic’ in keeping with actor Edie Adams

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Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo on I Love Lucy in 1952 | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Edie Adams was identified for her work in movie and tv — The Apartment, Honey Pot, and It’s a Mad, Mad Mad, Mad World being a few of her best-known films. She’s additionally widely known because the star of the Muriel cigar commercials.

In 1960, she and her husband, comic/actor Ernie Kovacs, joined The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (the 60-minute-long program that ran from 1957 to 1960, after I Love Lucy ended).

In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Adams spoke about her time engaged on the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour — and revealed what she actually thought of Ball’s expertise. Adams had met Ball at numerous events however by no means labored instantly with the I Love Lucy star.

“The writing on that show was amazing,” Adams stated of the Comedy Hour. However, it was a brand new expertise for the couple. Because for Ball, hardly something was left to improvisation or actor interpretation.

“Those writers — if she had to light her nose,” Adams admitted: the Comedy Hour writers would pen out precisely easy methods to do it.

“She was brilliant in what she did,” Adams acknowledged of Ball. “But she was not a … natural comic.”

Edie Adams and her husband Ernie Kovacs had loads of expertise on comedy exhibits — however Lucille Ball was completely different

Adams had beforehand labored with Kovacs on different comedy exhibits, which had a completely distinct ambiance from The Luci-Desi Comedy Hour.

“I’m used to working with comics,” Adams defined. And usually, Adams discovered that comedians preferred to maintain the ambiance gentle and open. For Ball, it was utterly reverse.

“Lucy was a stickler,” Adams recalled. The Apartment actor remembered discovering out later — whereas studying Arnaz’s e book — how inexperienced Ball actually was.

“She had done a lot of small parts in movies but no really heavy comedy,” Adams shared. Arnaz even employed a clown to show Ball his comedic act.

In the early 1950s, Arnaz and Ball “toured the country” with the clown with them, who was “coaching her on every little thing,” Adams stated. Meaning that, in her opinion, little or no of Ball’s humor got here naturally.

“Anything that she did that was like that was coached by this old guy,” Adams revealed.

The ‘I Love Lucy’ star was extremely ‘serious’ about her comedy

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Edie Adams and her husband Ernie Kovacs in 1960 | Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

“Lucy was really serious about her comedy,” the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour alum defined. “I only worked with crazy comics. … They’re free, they’re very different.”

As Adams repeated once more: Ball was a “stickler.”

As an instance, Adams recalled her first moments on the Comedy Hour; she was “fuming” as a result of Ball made the present’s hairdressers redo Adam’s hair.

Arnaz apparently got here in after that to apologize on Ball’s behalf, saying she was in a nasty temper that day.

“So, I’m there with this hair-do that looks just like Lucy. It looks terrible, and it doesn’t make any sense,” Adams continued.

But then — the hairdresser got here again to Adams and instructed her: “Lucy’s changed her mind; she liked it better the other way.” Adams rolled her eyes within the interview, wanting exasperated.

“Back I go and soak my head again,” she recalled. No surprise Adams sees Ball as so tightly-wound.

“That was my introduction to working with her,” Adams defined.

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