Peppiatt and Aylesworth
1952 - 1957
Frank Peppiatt and John Aylesworth began their legendary careers as writing partners in the advertising business. A reputation as industry jokers quickly transitioned to a role at the burgeoning CBC, writing and producing the first Canadian televised comedy series, After Hours.
The pair went on to write and star in two more CBC series, the musical variety show On Stage and The Big Revue, both of which were directed by future Oscar winner and Peppiatt’s University of Toronto classmate Norman Jewison, before heading south to pursue opportunities working on a series of popular variety programs including The Judy Garland Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and The Julie Andrews Hour.
A decade after leaving the CBC, Peppiatt and Aylesworth created the legendary country-comedy variety series Hee Haw, which ran as a ratings juggernaut at CBS for twenty years.
In 1995, Peppiatt & Aylesworth were inducted into the CBC Comedy Hall Of Fame and, a year later, the pair reunited to pen new sketches for a CBC tribute show in their honour.
They made my career, those two. They wrote me my first club act, and they got me on The Jimmy Dean Show in New York, they got me on The Judy Garland Show and The Julie Andrews Show.
They were a big influence in my career. They ended up in the States doing a lot of very important, big shows: Bing Crosby, Perry Como. They were a hot comedy team.