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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


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