Tag Archives: Comedians

Before Radio-Comedy, Drama & Sound Sketches, 1897-1923

Twenty-seven tracks of history. This is one of the most interesting collections out there and there’s nothing like hearing bygone eras come to life. Highlights include: “New Years At Old Trinity”-Haydn Quartet, “Zeb Green’s Airship”-Ada Jones & Len Spencer, “A … Continue reading

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An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May (1960)

One of the 50’s most popular comedy duos. This album is from their Broadway show in 1960. They extended some of their most popular bits and sketches for the production. Four bits on the album that run over a half … Continue reading

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Something Like This:The Bob Newhart Anthology 2 CD’s

The best of the “Button-Down Mind” LP’s and a few others. Comedy was king when those albums came out and this compilation shows how and why Newhart broke through to a mass audience and never slowed down. CD #1 highlights: … Continue reading

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Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehrer

One of the 50’s most popular performers. His song parodies and originals were a staple of record collections. It was intellectual comedy that didn’t talk down to the listener but made its point while providing laughter. There are twenty-eight tracks … Continue reading

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The Very Best Of Stan Freberg

A lot of these twenty-one tracks haven’t held up over the years but if you listen with a 1950’s ear you’ll find a lot of laughs and appreciate the creativity that went into them. This collection is a slice of … Continue reading

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The Best Of George Formby

Twenty-two mostly novelty tracks from the British ukelele master. His father recorded on Edison cylinders in the early 1900’s. Formby,Jr. was one of the top British Musical Hall entertainers in the 30’s and 40’s. His songs made people laugh and just feel … Continue reading

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His Royal Hipness-Lord Buckley

People didn’t know what to make of him but they listened and laughed. He mixed in street talk, jazz talk and just plain jive. He was an extremely crafty and original performer and his monologues made you pay attention. There are … Continue reading

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Songs For Sinners (1959)/Knockers Up!-Rusty Warren (1960)

Legendary comedy albums from the age of so-called innocence. The 50’s produced a lot of comedians, Shelley Berman, Jonathan Winters, Mort Sahl, Dayton Allen, Charlie Manna, Bob Newhart etc. etc. Then there were the albums adults hid in closets or under blankets. … Continue reading

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An Evening With Groucho (1972)

A terrific document from one of my favorite entertainers of all time. It was recorded at Carnegie Hall. Marvin Hamlish accompanied Groucho. Groucho did this one man show at age eighty-one. He sings a few songs including, “Hello, I Must … Continue reading

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Inside Shelley Berman (1958)

The best selling album that started Berman’s long career. Mock phone conversations go back to the early 20th century. Berman makes the routine contemporary. Of course listening now the references are dated but the subject matter is not. The album … Continue reading

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