When t.v. rolled around, the main stations of NBC and CBS wanted their stars to come and star in programs on their stations. Naturally they did and the comedians grew even more popular. However, some other comedians also came about because of this - such comedians as Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez who brought a new style of situation comedy and began the women's lib. movement, not even aware of it. Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason brought their own variety shows with a few comedic skits being done on them. Because of these, Jackie Gleason came up with "The Honeymooners."
From radio to television, people would contantly tune in to watch their favorite stars entertain them for half and hour to an hour. Even today we seem to do this by watching Friends or old re-runs of Seinfield or even Drew Carey, we never realize that if it had not been for those first few comedians, this process might have not existed.
Created by Mike DeMassey
Links to more information
T.V. careers of famous comedians
Jackie Gleason info
Lucille Ball links