Shields and Yarnell: Robot Mime Comedy At Its Finest

By Emily Morenz
Shields and Yarnell as The Clinkers in a publicity photo. Source: eBay

Shields and Yarnell -- the robot-imitating mime team of Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell -- pushed the boundaries of entertainment during the 1970s when goofy sketches and variety shows were all the rage. The duo fused together elements of the circus with comedy through their eccentric miming routines, a style of performance considered dated and unpopular with TV audiences. The duo's outlandish robot routines made them stars, even though viewers weren't quite sure what they were seeing and when to laugh.

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