Television: Prime-Time Pie Thrower

Soupy Sales is a short-haired fellow with a kumquat nose, a moron-the-merrier expression, a crushed stovepipe hat, buttoned collar and huge bow tie. His métier is sick slapstick. He gets laughs by biting off a neighbor's hangnail or hitting an old lady with a custard pie—not in the face, but up under her arm, as if the pie were a small bucket of Ban.

Actually, it is an ordinary pie crust full of shaving cream, and 36-year-old Soupy Sales (born Milton Hines) makes about $150,000 a year largely for his exploitation of this antic vaudeville wheeze. He can fill up five...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!