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Twizzle, The - The name of a dance craze that was the focus of episode No. 23 "The Twizzle" (2/28/1962) on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66.

Randy Twizzle (Jerry Lanning) was a reluctant pop singer who invented a new dance craze while singing at a Connecticut bowling alley. Comedy writer Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) was so impressed with "The Twizzle" (a cross between the Twist and the Sizzle) that she dragged director Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon) and her fellow employees to see him perform.

Randy Twizzle Dancing - Courtesy of Calvada Productions
Randy Twizzle doing his thing at the bowling alley

This program (which ranks among the cast's least favorite episode) was designed as a showcase for singer Jerry Lanning, the son of pop vocalist Roberta Sherwood. The episode was written by Carl Reiner to cash in on "The Twist" dance craze of the time.

The dance was performed to a chorus of people singing "2,3,4,5,6,7,8" with instruction to Twizzle "To and Fro...Left and Right...and High and Low."

Jerry Lanning resurfaced in the 1970s on the soap operas SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and TEXAS. Songwriters Mack David and Jerry Livingston wrote "The Twizzle" song.


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