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Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks - Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks At The Cannes Film Festival 1962

On: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
Mar 20 1922 -
Official Site

Mel Brooks
Melvin Kaminsky
Jun 28 1926 -

Carl Reiner is an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. He has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during this career. He has the distinction of being the only person to appear on The Tonight Show with each of its five hosts. ~Source: Wikipedia

Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner, The 2000 Year Old Man. In middle age he became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top ten money makers of the year that they were released. His most well known films include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I and Spaceballs. In his later years he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. He was married to the late actress Anne Bancroft.
Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. ~Source Wikipedia

01 The Cannes Film Festival, Adolph Hartler, Frederico Fettucini, Tippy Skittles
02 Dr. Felix Wheird
03 2000 And Two Year Old Man
04 The L.M.N.O.P. Ad Agency

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Foster Brooks - Live From Las Vegas 1976

On: Monday, January 30, 2012

Foster Brooks
Foster Brooks
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
May 11 1912 – Dec 2001 age 89
Official Site

Foster Brooks was a stand-up comedian who got laughs not necessarily because his joke were funny. Frequently they weren't. What was funny was his delivery. A former drinker, he would stagger out on stage, stammer, slur and belch his way through his set, then stagger back off stage. The best part about Foster Brooks was that he never broke character when it came to playing the "drunk guy", until he made this record.
Side one is Foster's drunk guy comedy set, but side two is something different. It's a side of Foster you wouldn't expect, unless you watched the Merv Griffin show a lot. Seems he fancied himself a bit of a singer. He warbles out "Please Release Me" and "My Way" and basically makes you want to die. And then there are the poems. His poems.
Foster Brooks was born in 1912 and began work in radio in the early 1930s. Eventually (once it had been invented) he moved to TV as a newscaster. In the '60s he did some bit part acting on TV and started to get to know some of the Hollywood elite of the day, like Dean Martin and Perry Como who found his drunk act to be quite hilarious. By the time he became a household name, he was almost 60 years old.
With this poem, "My Family", we get to know the real Foster Brooks, a big nice guy with a crazy beard and a liesure suit who loved being loved by a lot of people. This kind of sincere, irony-free material doesn't exactly play well these days, or did it ever? Anyway, he had fond memories of being naked in a tub with a bunch of dudes, so that's cool.
~Source: RecordRobot

01 Foster Brooks, Live At The Desert Inn
02 And I Love Her So... 4:22
03 Teri 1:53
04 My Family 2:17
05 Please Release Me 2:32

06 My Way 6:46


Stand-up, poems, some songs
Lush Records LR 1001
His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post

Various Artists - Best Of Comedy 1990
Various Artists - Classic Comedy 1995
Various Artists - Legends Of Comedy, Best Of Their Roasts
Foster Brooks Sings 1982
Casey At The Bat b/w Remember Me (45) 1970
Don't Laugh You're Next VIDEO 1992
Foster Brooks Goes Country VIDEO 1980
Foster Brooks Is The Lovable Lush VIDEO 1992
Foster Does More In '94 VIDEO 1994


Larry Miller - HBO Special 2000

On: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Larry Miller
Lawrence J Miller
Valley Stream, New York, USA
Oct 15 1953 -

A capable comic actor whose regular-guy looks and sharp wit have made him a popular character performer in both movies and television, Larry Miller grew up with a keen interest in music, and graduated with honors from Amherst College, receiving a degree in music. Hoping to make a career as a musician, Miller moved to New York City and began playing the nightclub circuit as a pianist and drummer. Working the clubs inspired Miller to take a stab at comedy, and he began performing occasional sets at comedy clubs such as the Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. Within two years, Miller had put his musical career on the back burner and was touring full-time as a comic.
It was Miller's appearance in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman" that kick-started his screen career; playing an arrogant but all-too-eager-to-please salesman, Miller's brief moment in the film earned big laughs, and he soon became a frequent presence in movies and television. ~Excerpt Starpulse

01 Soundtrack 19:46

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Editorial: Lawmaker Wants Public PJ Ban

On: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Full Article: CNN  Headline News
Cabbo County Commissioner Michael Williams says he wants to ban people from wearing pajamas in public, because "The moral fiber in America is dwindling ... Because it's pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow."

VS-UC editorial:
OK, there's serious personal impact here that moves me to speak out on this issue. 
First, if this concept gains momentum around the country it will seriously affect my morning slog out to the mailbox. Having to remove my pajamas first will further shock my already ornery neighbors. Nobody, not even my dogs, wants to see me out of my clothes. I don't like to see that myself.
Second, I like to see ladies/women in pajamas in public because it lubricates my fantasy that they just got out of, or want to get into bed, with ME. Umm, maybe that should have been my first point.
Third, if the ban on pajamas in public somehow leads to wearing only underwear in public, then I support this ban. But there should be a clause stating "for women only, and between the ages of 18 and, say, 35 and only if they are in good shape." Yeah, that's the ticket!

What's next, a ban on Togas Parties? Get serious, Louisiana!

Benny Bell - Kosher Comedy 1956

On: Monday, January 23, 2012

Benny Bell
Benjamin Zamberg
New York City,New York USA
Mar 21 1906 - Jul 06 1999 age 93
Official Site

Benny Bell was a Jewish American singer-songwriter who reached popularity in the 1940s, with a comeback in the 1970s. He is particularly remembered for his risqué but cheerfully optimistic songs.Benny Bell was born to an immigrant Jewish family in New York City and like many others who were born and raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Benny Bell’s first language was Yiddish. His father wanted him to be a rabbi, but after trying various odd jobs including self-employed street peddler, Benny Bell decided to pursue a career in vaudeville and music, because he found employment writing lyrics for music and also music for lyrics. After this initial introduction to "show business" Benny Bell took to the Vaudeville stage as 'Benny Bimbo'. Making people laugh was what he was all about.  ~Source: JSA

1 Blessing the Bride
02 Bar Mitzvah Boy
03 Moishe Pipick
04 Lady Please Scram
05 Subway Sardines
06 Calypso Mandelbaum
07 The Big Broadcast
08 A Disgusted Millionaire
09 Small Town Cantor
10 Four fancy Kashes
11 Jolly Jingles
12 Inlaws Are Outlaws

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Junior Samples - World Of Junior Samples 1967

On: Sunday, January 22, 2012

Junior Samples
Alvin Samples Jr.
Apr 10 1926 – Nov 13 1983 age 57
Official Site

He made his living as a farmer, sawmill worker, stock car driver and carpenter and did not enter show business until age 40. He was discovered after a story he told about catching a record-setting fish was recorded by a Game Commission investigator and played on the radio. The recording was developed into an album and became a best-seller. In 1969 he was asked to join the cast of the country variety show “Hee-Haw." He developed a character made famous by his bumbling delivery often forgetting lines and messing up jokes. His most famous role was a used car salesman inviting potential customers to call his phone number, “BR-549.” He released several other comedy albums and was twice nominated as “Comedian of the Year” by the Country Music Association. He remained a star on Hee-Haw until he died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-seven. Source: Find-A-Grave

01 World's Biggest Whopper 5:31
02 Truth About The Fish 2:32
03 The Hunter 2:04
04 The Bird Mule 2:01
05 Moonshining 2:54
06 I Happened To Junior 3:26
07 The Disorderly House 2:15
08 Bitten By The Love Bug 3:24
09 The Cook 1:54
10 On Television 3:44
11 Keep On Keeping On 3:47

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Blaster Bates - Vol 5 Lift-Off 1973 (UK)

On: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blaster Bates
Derek Macintosh Bates
Crewe, Chesire, England
Feb 05 1923 – Sep 01 2006 age 83
Official Site

Blaster Bates was the name used by Derek Macintosh Bates an English explosives and demolition expert and raconteur, who was born in Crewe. He made a series of sound recordings from the 1960s to 1980s, recounting bizarre and funny experiences from his long career, and tales of his hobbies of motorcycling, hunting and shooting. He was much in demand as an after-dinner speaker. His tales feature coarse language and their content is equally strong stuff: once, for instance, he was hired to clear out a farm's septic tank using explosives, an episode Bates described as "The Shower of Shit Over Cheshire".
Bates served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as a Handley Page Halifax bomber pilot, and then learned his explosives skills as a bomb disposal specialist. After the war he returned to his previous employer Rolls Royce, hoping to resume his old job, but was told "We're cutting down, you know". Bates then started his own demolition business, drawing on his wartime expertise. He later noted that it was a good decision, as "over the years I've managed to do all right while they've [Rolls Royce] gone steadily bust".
He was known for carrying sticks of explosive in his pockets, even producing them while giving testimony in trials, to the horror of the court. Most high explosives are harmless unless used with a detonator, but this is not generally understood.   Source: Wikipedia

01 Introductory Preamble
02 One Of Life's Tragedies
03 Gelignite In The Coal Shed
04 The De-Mob Suit
05 The Torrey Canyon
06 Off The Coast Of Monacco
07 Into The Main Sewer
08 In Court Again
09 More About The Old Van
10 His Lordships Goblin
11 What A Way To Go

Big Ben BB 00.09

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Jack De Leon - De Leon Roars 1960

On: Friday, January 20, 2012

Jack De Leon
Birth Name
aka Christopher Weeks
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Dec 19 1924 - Oct 16 2006 age 81
Official Site

A new star flashes into orbit in the comedy field. Comedian, actor, writer, mimic, cartoonist and wit, Jack DeLeon produces a show with a cast of hundreds, and plays every part himself... When you spin this one you'll find it hard to believe that there is only one man cavorting around in such a varied set of misadventures.  ~Source: Billboard 11/21/1960

01 Introduction
02 Little Boy Lost
03 Interview
04 Philip And Tony
05 The Fight
06 Fire Department
07 Speeding Ticket
08 Spectacular
09 Closing

Duo Records D2A
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His Other Albums on this blog are HERE

Louie Anderson - Mom! Louie's Looking At Me Again! 1989

On: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Louie Anderson
Louie Perry Anderson
Mar 24 1953 -

This is absolutely the funniest concert I've ever seen! It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud. I had to pause this concert constantly because I was laughing so loud! I've been quoting it for years! My friends and family quote me quoting Louie...they've never seen it since my VHS tape was stolen. "it's a good shoe" "it was only a quarter" "the cranberries!" I'm cracking up now just from typing my favorite lines! I'm so excited that it's out on's timeless! I'm ordering my copy right now!! I can't wait to watch it with my's wonderful knowing I won't have to worry about offending anyone. They'll finally hear all my lines in context! LOL I may have to get more than 1 so I have one to lend. ~Source Amazon
01 Intro 1:13
02 My Dad Doesn't Like People 2:39

03 Little Brothers, Bullies & Bats 6:01
04 My Mom 1:35
05 Thanksgiving & Sweet Potatoes 3:00
06 Driving & Toaster Cords 10:22
07 The Christmas Tree 3:52
08 Presents, Boxes & the Shoe 1:58
09 Touching the Tools 1:54
10  Mom's Babble 2:05
11  Wake Up 2:14
12  I'm 5 Years Old 1:51
13  Gym Teacher 1:38
14  Snowball Fight 3:49
15  Brothers & Sisters 0:50
16  Pets, Pepper & Peete 4:43
17  Growing Up 1:43
18  Rabies 2:01
19  R-U-On Dope 1:36
20  Credits 1:09

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Sid Caesar - Sid Caesar On Comedy 2009

On: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sid Ceasar
Isaac Sidney Caesar
Sep 08 1922 -

Interviewed by Kelly Carlin (George's daughter).
Caesar was the youngest son of Max Caesar and his wife Ida (née Raphael), Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire who ran a restaurant. Caesar would wait on tables and learned to mimic the accents, something he would use throughout his career. He first tried his double-talk with a group of Italians, his head barely reaching above the table. They enjoyed it so much that they sent him over to a group of Poles to repeat it in Polish, and so on with Russians, Hungarians, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Lithuanians and Bulgarians. Despite his apparent fluency in many languages, Caesar can actually speak only English and Yiddish. Sid's older brother David was his comic mentor and "one-man cheering section."
At fourteen, Caesar went to the Catskills as a saxophonist with Mike Cifichello's Swingtime Six and would also occasionally perform in sketches in the Borscht Belt. When he graduated from high school, he left home, intent on a musical career. He arrived in New York City penniless and tried to join the musician's union (later he attended classes at the Juilliard School of Music). He found work at the Vacationland Hotel in Swan Lake in the Catskills. Caesar's comedy, however, got bigger applause than the musical numbers, and the show's producer asked him to do stand-up between his numbers. Source: Wikipedia

01 Introduction / Family Influences 5:36
02 Funny in School 1:25
03 Start in Show Business 4:18
04 Mining Sketches - Routines / Music Ability / Phrasing 2:54
05 Mind Reading Sketch - Making People Laugh / Being a Musician 7:36
06 Transition to Comedy from the Coast Guard 23:45
07 Transition into TV 6:12
08 The TV Experience 3:33
09 Process of Writing 9:44
10 Joy of Performing 5:50
11 Courage and Fearlessness 3:55
12 Young Comics - Importance of Comedy 3:42
13 What Makes You Laugh? - Comedy and Tragedy 3:47
14 Advice - History / Contribution to Comedy 8:56

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