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John Melfi, Dorothy Vann & Jim Evering - What Month Were You Born 1967

On: Monday, April 30, 2012

John Melfi
Birth name
Official Site 

Dorothy Vann
Birth name
Official Site

Jim Evering
Birth name
Official Site

This a look at the different personalities related to the zodiac signs. In each of the comic sketches, an interviewer chats with someone possessing the traits of the astrological signs and usually giving the poor guy grief. The sketches are performed by Johnny Melfi, Dorothy Vann and Jim Evering. Source: ojeda

01 Aries 3:20
02 Taurus 3:09
03 Gemini 3:16
04 Cancer 3:43
05 Leo 3:58
06 Virgo 3:48
07 Libra 4:16
08 Scorpio 3:57
09 Sagittarius 3:31
10 Capricorn 3:57
11 Aquarius 4:12
12 Pisces 3:56

Fontana SRF 67566


Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks - Incomplete Works Of Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks 1973

On: Sunday, April 29, 2012

Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
Mar 20 1922 -
Official Site

Mel Brooks
Melvin Kaminsky
Jun 28 1926 -

     2000 Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
01 2000 Year Old Man 12:38
02 Fabiola 2:05
03 The Astronaught 4:00
04a In A Coffee House 1:10
   b The Depressed One 2:22
   c The Actor 4:30
   d The Painter 2:57
   e The Folk Singer 2:40
05 The Peruvian 2:40
06 The Psychiatrist 4:00

     2000 & One Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
07 2000 & Six Month Man 13:55
08 The Tax Expert 2:47
09 The Two Hour Old Baby 6:36
10 The New Technique Psychiatric Society  8:00
11 The Third Best Poet 5:07

     Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks At The Cannes Film Festival
12 The Cannes Film Festival 9:54
     Adolph Hartler
     Frederico Fettucini
     Tippy Skittles
13 Dr. Felix Wheird
14 2000 & Two Year Old Man 9:40
15 The L.M.N.O.P. Ad Agency 6:12

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Jack Paar - Jack Paar Show 1947

On: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jack Paar
Jack Harold Paar
Canton, Ohio, USA
May 01 1918 – Jan 27 2004 age 85
Official Site

One of the early classic moments in television censorship occurred when late night talk show host Jack Paar walked off his NBC program after the network censors nixed a somewhat randy (for the times) bathroom joke. The joke was based on the misinterpretation of the initials W.C. --an English lady thinking it was a "water closet" and the Swiss schoolmaster thinking she meant "Wayside Chapel." The NBC censors thought the joke was dirty and cut it from the February 10, 1960 broadcast without consulting with Paar. When Paar discovered that his four-minute story had been cut, he later walked off in the middle of the live show. As he said "I've been up thirty hours without an ounce of sleep wrestling with my conscience all day. I've made a decision about what I'm going to do. I'm leaving THE TONIGHT SHOW. There must be a better way to make a living than this, a way of entertaining people without being constantly involved in some form of controversy. I love NBC, and they've been wonderful to me. But they let me down." The joke that caused all of the controversy is printed below:
"An English lady, while visiting Switzerland, was looking for a room, and she asked the schoolmaster if he could recommend any to her. He took her to see several rooms, and when everything was settled, the lady returned to her home to make the final preparations to move. When she arrived home, the thought suddenly occurred to her that she had not seen a "W.C." [water closet, a euphemism for bathroom] around the place. So she immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking him if there were a "W.C." around. The schoolmaster was a very poor student of English, so he asked the parish priest if he could help in the matter. Together they tired to discover the meaning of the letters "W.C.," and the only solution they could find for the letters was letters was a Wayside Chapel. The schoolmaster then wrote to the English lady the following note:
Dear Madam:
I take great pleasure in informing you that the W.C. is situated nine miles from the house you occupy, in the center of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people and it is open on Sunday and Thursday only. As there are a great number of people and they are expected during the summer months, I would suggest that you come early: although there is plenty of standing room as a rule. You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch and make a day of it. While others who can afford to go by car arrive just in time. I would especially recommend that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is a musical accompaniment. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C. and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to a seat ordinarily occupied by one. It was wonderful to see the expression on their faces. The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all the people, since they feel it is a long felt need. My wife is rather delicate, so she can't attend regularly. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time and place so that they will not disturb the elders. Hoping to have been of service to you, I remain,
The Schoolmaster."
Prompted by a newspaper column written by John Crosby entitled "The Fall of Jack Paar" that reported that Jack Paar was washed up on television, Paar returned to the show on March 7th, strolled onstage, struck a pose, and looked right into the camera. "As I was saying," he said "before I was interrupted. Of course, the (audience erupted in applause. He continued, "When I walked off, I said there must be a better way of making a living. Well I've looked and there isn't. Be it ever so humble, there is no place like Radio City. Leaving the show was a childish and perhaps emotional thing. I have been guilty of such action in the past and will perhaps be again. I'm totally unable to hide what I feel. It is not an asset in show business. But I shall do the best I can to amuse and entertain you and let other people speak freely, as I have in the past. Any who are maligned will find this show a place to come and tell their story. There will be a rock in every snowball and I plan to continue exactly what I started out to do. I hope you will find it interesting. Source: TV Acres

01 1947-06-01 Disagreement In The Shade
02 1947-06-22 Spoof On Fan Magazine Interviews
03 1947-07-13 Children's Adventure Shows
04 1947-07-27 Singing Cowboy Parody
05 1947-08-03 Buying A House
06 1947-08-17 Guest Jack Benny
07 1947-08-24 Cinderfella
08 1947-08-31 Parody Of BBC Radio Shows
09 1947-09-07 Breakfast Foods
10 1947-09-14 Loser Of Beauty Contest
11 1947-09-21 This Is America
12 1947-09-28 Hair Tonics End Of Summer Run

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Radio Comedy
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Jack Paar - The Best Of What's His Name 1960

Jack Paar
Jack Harold Paar
Canton, Ohio, USA
May 01 1918 – Jan 27 2004 age 85
Official Site

I've owned several copies of this obscurity over the course of time and it is the only album I've ever seen on the phallic sounding Ramrod Superrecords. The back cover has an advertisement for Jiffy Sew. The LP is quite funny, consisting of two monologues from The Tonight Show with Jack Paar from 1960 or so. One is from an episode of the program that was broadcast from England, although the album provides zero context, and this is something the listener is pretty much left to themselves to figure out. I've heard a rumor that this was a "premium give-away" promo LP courtesy of NBC, but I don't know if that is true. If it is, it makes the label's name all the more confusing. Source: ClassicTelevisionShowbiz

01 Side 1
02 Side 2

Ramrod LP-776
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Frankie Howerd - Please Yourselves 1976 Harry (UK)

On: Friday, April 27, 2012

Frankie Howerd
Francis Alick Howard
Mar 06 1917 - Apr 19 1992 age 75
Official Site

Titter lots at Frankie Howerd's ditties, sketches, limericks and stand up, recorded in front of a specially-invited audience. The star of TV's "Up Pompeii" and mainstay of innumerable "Carry-On" films, Frankie Howerd causes a mayhem of mirth, where even his co-stars can't help laughing. As well as songs, stories, naughtiness and his usual audience banter, "Please Yourselves" sees Frankie visiting his (female) doctor about an accident where he fell artichoke over chip, which squashed his sprouts and gave him an enormous swelling on his broad beans...Written by David Nobbs and David McKellar, "Please Yourselves" also features Ray Fell, Dilys Laye and April Walker.  
01 Side 1
02 Side 2

BBC Records REH-230

Novelty & Stand-up
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Gary Owens - Gary Owens Presents The Funny Side Of Bonnie And Clyde 1968

On: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gary Owens
Gary Altman
May 10, 1936 -
Official Site

Dave Ketchum
Birth name
aka David Ketchum
Quincy, Illinois, USA
Feb 04 1928 -
Official Site

Cousin Norbert... 
The Marshal... 
Uncle Charlie... 
Used Car Salesman... 
Jesse White
Joan Gerber
David Ketchum
Jesse White
Gary Owens
Gene Moss
Jim Thurman
Jesse White

01 The Enforcer 2:05
02 The Getaway :50
03 Marshal And The Sheriff 2:35
04 The Lesson :35
05 The Handshake :30
06 The Agent 2:40
07 Marshal and Cafe #2 :55
08 The Commercial 1:15
09 Philosophical Chat 1:40

10 The Bank Hold-Up Note 2:40
11 Marshal And Hotel Clerk 1:10
12 Bonnie's Poem 2:00
13 The Love Scene 1:10
14 The Wrong Getaway Vehicle 1:45
15 Marshal And The Barber :50
16 The Parking Ticket 1:40
17 The Used Car Salesman 2:05
18 Marshal And Cafe #1 1:05 

Epic BN 26377

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Bob Claster - Bob Claster Comedian Interviews 1980s

On: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Emo Philips
Phil Soltanek
Feb 07 1956

Billy Connolly
William Connolly Jr Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland
Nov 24 1942 -
John Cleese
John Marwood Cleese
Oct 27 1939 -
Bob Claster Birth Name Birthplace
Born/Died Official Site Wikipedia

Bob Claster was a DJ on KCRW in Los Angeles. In the 80's he had a comedy show called Funny Stuff and he would interview comedians. He has many of these interviews online as mp3s.
Michal Palin (L), Bob Claster (R)
Each interview runs about 30 - 60 minutes.

01 Billy Connolly
02 Brother Theodore
03 Emo Philips
04 John Cleese (Part 1)
05 John Cleese (Part 2)
06 John Cleese & Michael Palin
07 Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
08 Mort Sahl
09 Peter Cook Part 1
10 Peter Cook Part 2
11 Peter Cook Part 3
12 Shop Colloquy 3, An Analysis of Satire
13 Stan Freberg (Part 1)
14 Stan Freberg (Part 2)
15 Stan Freberg (Part 3)
16 Stan Freberg (Part 4)
17 Stan Freberg (Part 5)
18 Tom Lehrer
19 Tom Lehrer  Follow-up
20 Parodies

Surreal humor, wit/word play
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His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Live at the Hasty Pudding Theatre (Video)


Bill Dana - Jose Jimenez, The Submarine Officer 1960

On: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bill Dana
William Szathmary
Oct 05 1924 -
Official Site

Phone: (615) 330-3005
His Blog

01 The Submarine Officer (with Steve Allen)
02 The Judo Expert (with Spike Jones)
03 The Piano Tuner (with Spike Jones)
04 The Television Engineer (with Pat Harrington Jr.)
05 The Broadway Writer with (Steve Allen)
06 The Piano Tuner, Again (with Spike Jones)
07 The Artist (with Spike Jones)
08 The JJJ Salesman (with Spike Jones)
09 Warmup from the Spike Jones Show

Kapp Records  KL-1215
Best Of Jose Jimenez 1985
Hoo Ha! Direct From Noshville 1971
Shtick From Bill Dana's Hoo Ha! 1971
New Alice In Wonderland 1966
Cry b/w Jose's Dream (45) 1965
King Of The Surf (Part II) (45)
What Kind Of Fool Am I (45)
All I Need Is You b/w Make Nice (45) 1965
Jose Jimenezchevitz b/w Childhood Scenes (45) 1966
US Senator b/w Bob Sled Racer (45) 1960

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