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DISNEY CHANNEL SALUTES FAMOUS COMEDY TEAM OF LAUREL AND HARDY WITH EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF 'LAUREL & HARDY: A TRIBUTE TO THE BOYS'

DISNEY CHANNEL SALUTES FAMOUS COMEDY TEAM OF LAUREL AND HARDY WITH

EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF 'LAUREL & HARDY: A TRIBUTE TO THE BOYS'
 Dom DeLuise Hosts This Special 90-Minute Tribute
 BURBANK, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disney Channel salutes the famous comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy with the exclusive world premiere of "Laurel & Hardy: A Tribute To The Boys," on April 5 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), announced Bruce Rider, senior vice president of programming for The Disney Channel.
 Dom DeLuise hosts this 90-minute tribute that features extensive clips from the duos' movies. "Laurel and Hardy worked so magically together as a team because they were both excellent comics, and they really complemented each other. They both brought years of experience and their own particular skill to the partnership," comments DeLuise.
 Interspersed between the clips are interviews with comic celebrities, including Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Blake Edwards, Robert Klein, Rich Little, Walter Matthau, Bronson Pinchot, the Smothers Brothers and Henny Youngman.
 "What made them (Laurel and Hardy) so successful was that you sensed there was a genuine fondness," explains Carson. Notes Youngman: "They were a natural team. No wonder they were so successful -- they were born to each other." And according to Little, "It still works. Laurel and Hardy are to me as funny today as they were back then."
 The special commemorates the 100th birthdates of Hardy and Hal Roach, the director of most of Laurel and Hardy movies.
 "Laurel & Hardy: A Tribute To The Boys" was produced by RHI Entertainment Inc. in association with Taurus Film GmbH & Co.
 The Disney Channel is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co.
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