June 2016 / Ian Wilkie / Comedy Studies journal (Volume 7, Number 2)
“Drawing specifically upon the career and comedy of Phil Silvers, this article attempts to evaluate the forms of crises of identity that can arise between presentations of public and private selves for those performers who become, in effect, ‘public comic property’ ”.
16 April 1972 / Judy Klemesrud / The New York Times
This interview has been described as “a disastrous encounter with a woman reporter from the New York Times, in which Silvers—exhibiting a candour which would have been reckless even in a man not speaking for publication—confesses to years of compulsive gambling and depression”. Stick with it for unique reflections on Bilko.
Phil on fatherhood. This cute piece, like the accompanying jpeg, is in a lossy format: you would never guess that Phil had been married previously. Phil would occasionally guest write pal Dorothy Kilgallen’s The Voice of Broadway newspaper column.
Dick Vosburgh presents a celebration of the life and career of one of the greatest comedian’s comedians, Phil Silvers aka Sergeant Ernie Bilko. Contributors include M.A.S.H writer Larry Gelbart, actors Mickey Freeman and Allan Melvin, and an in-depth interview with Phil’s daughter Tracey Silvers.
Michael Palin tells the colourful story of Phil Silvers and reveals him as much more than the creator of that famous fast-talking schemer from Fort Baxter. He traces Phil’s origins in vaudeville and burlesque, his successful career on the big screen and his successes and failures on the stages of Broadway and Britain.
Paul Brownstein, producer of The Phil Silvers Show 50th Anniversary Edition DVDs talks to Robert Siegel about the conniving but beloved character and the show, which is remembered still for the quality of its writing and acting.