Woody Allen Boxes a Kangaroo, 1966

Last month, we featured Woody Allen answering thirteen unusual questions from Robert B. Weide’s film Woody Allen: A DocumentaryWell, it turns out that it wasn’t the only unusual footage the documentary had to offer. During the 1960s, the young comic did whatever his managers (Charles H. Joffe and Jack Rollins) thought would enhance his public profile. Some of his early performances and stunts were genius. Others flopped. You decide where this one falls. In 1966, Allen appeared on Hippodrome, a British variety TV show that showcased jumping dogs, trapeze acts, musical acts and … kangaroo boxing matches. This match went one round, with the Australian light heavyweight champion landing the only punches.

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