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Letter called on J. Edgar Hoover to investigate Groucho Marx over a joke

Letter called on J. Edgar Hoover to investigate Groucho Marx over a joke

For Groucho Marx, sharing a surname with the author of the Communist Manifesto wasn’t winning him any friends in Middle America at the height of the Red Scare, and his pathological inability to hold anything sacred wasn’t helping, either. But according to files released to Emma Best, where he finally crossed the line for one couple - leading to them calling on the FBI to investigate him immediately - was when he used the country’s name in vain.

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George Carlin's J. Edgar Hoover impression got him put on the FBI's watchlist

George Carlin’s J. Edgar Hoover impression got him put on the FBI’s watchlist

Documents from the FBI reveal that J. Edgar Hoover took personal offense to comedian George Carlin following his appearances on “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Jackie Gleason.”

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