Shields and Yarnell
|Category :||Robots on TV|
|Submitted :||6th, August 2008|
- The Best of Shields and Yarnell
- VHS Tape
- Publisher : IMA Productions
They began as street performers in San Francisco. CBS found them, gave them a weekly variety series, and they were an overnight sensation. Here, you can enjoy the greatest moments from the memorable series. IMA Productions; 1976, 70 minutes. Shields & Yarnell is a mixed-gender mime duo formed in 1972. It consists of Robert Shields & Lorene Yarnell. At age 18, Robert Shields had developed a resilient character while working as a street mime. He was performing at the Hollywood Wax Museum when he was seen by Marcel Marceau. Marceau was so impressed he offered Shields a full scholarship to his school. Shields' apprenticeship with the master was short; he decided to perfect his own style in his own environment. The place he chose was Union Square, San Francisco. There he became one of the city's top tourist attractions. Lorene Yarnell was a tap dancer & actress in television shows & off-Broadway musicals when she met Shields. The Shields & Yarnell comedy act originated in their partnership. Their specialty was taking on the personae of robots, with many individual, deliberate motions (as opposed to normal smooth motion) stereotypical of robots and early animatronics, enhanced by their ability to refrain from blinking their eyes for long stretches of time. Their dance & mime performances were featured in on their own CBS variety program; The Shields & Yarnell Show. They appeared on 400 national television shows in the US, including The Red Skelton Show, The Muppet Show, & The Tonight Show. They performed shows for two American Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, & a tour of China with comedian Bob Hope. The 1978 Shields & Yarnell Show episode "with John Aylesworth" was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Best Direction of a Comedy-Variety Series category & their TV special "Toys On The Town" earned an Emmy.