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Billy Connolly - Live In New York 2005 (UK)

On: Monday, November 26, 2012

Billy Connolly
William Connolly Jr
Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland
Nov 24 1942 -

This is Billy Connolly's first new live DVD in over three years. Taken from his fantastic 'Too Old to Die Young' tour in 2005 it features the hilarious New York show. This is the first time one of Billy's shows has been filmed in the US even though he has been touring there for over 30 years. Absolutely classic stuff from the Big Yin.

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Jerry Clower - Racoonteur 1991

Jerry Clower
Howard Gerald Clower
Liberty, Mississippi USA
Sep 28 1926 – Aug 24 1998 age 71

The day after Jerry Clower finished high school, he joined the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier Bennington in the Pacific during World War II. When he returned to Mississippi after the war, he attended college on football scholarships at Southwest Mississippi Junior College and Mississippi State University, where he received a degree in agriculture.
He served as an assistant county agent in Oxford, Mississippi, for a couple of years. Then, maintaining his close ties with the soil, he took a job in Yazoo City as a fertilizer salesman for the Mississippi Chemical Corporation, a manufacturer of chemical plant foods, where he stayed for 18 years and eventually rose to the position of director of field services. In the process of making sales, he began telling prospective customers humorous stories about his childhood to improve sales. Eventually, a friend taped one of his talks and sent it to MCA Records in Nashville. The result was his first comedy album in 1970, Jerry Clower from Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin’. Within a month, the album had achieved gold status, selling more than 500,000 copies.
He first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1973 and continued to tour extensively and record. A staple of his comedy is the Ledbetter clan, a fictional family whose humorous antics are more than funny; they chronicle life in the rural South of the 20th century. Undergirding his comedy is Clower’s strong religious beliefs. A Southern Baptist, Clower has served as a lay minister and as a deacon in his hometown church, and he has hosted a Christian radio show and syndicated television show. He is married to the former Homerline Wells, his childhood sweetheart, and they have four children.
In addition to his live performances, Clower has also published four best-selling books. Ain’t God Good came out in 1975 and was the basis and title for a documentary film which won an award from the New York International Film Festival in the category of Ethics and Religion. It was followed by Let the Hammer Down! in 1979 and Life Everlaughter in 1987. In 1992, the University Press of Mississippi published his most recent book, Stories from Home, a collection of his best tales and a serious look at the man behind the persona.
In the foreword to Stories from Home, fellow Mississippi writer Willie Morris wrote that Clower’s comic art demonstrates the richness of the spoken language of the South “in all its inwardness and nuance and sweep — the extravagant country talk, as lyrical as much of southern literature, and in the lineal ancestry of southern writing.” He concludes that Jerry Clower’s humor is “rooted in a region, but is not regional.” Laughter is the force that connects people from all regions in his work of art.
Clower died in Jackson, Mississippi, on August 24, 1998, five days after undergoing heart bypass surgery. He was 71 years old.

01 Elevator
02 Killin' Offense
03 Marcel's Race Horse
04 Mama's Deal
05 Proud
06 Play Pretties
07 Celebrate You
08 Humiliation
09 Chitlin'
10 Neighbor's Rabbit
11 Fountain of Youth
12 Lay Still
13 Sugar Pills
14 Railroad Man
15 Make Believe
16 Go Vote

Country Storytellin' Humor
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His other albums on this blog are "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 2
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 4
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 5
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 11
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 12
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 14
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume16
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume17
Classic Clower 1988
Spend An Hour With Clower 1993
Live Volume 1 VIDEO 1990
Live Volume 2 VIDEO 1990
On Stage With Jerry Clower VIDEO 1993
Clower Power VIDEO 2006
Best Of Jerry Clower Volume 2
Collector's Edition 2008
Icon 2011
Ultimate Collection


Justin Wilson - Me, I Got A Frien' 1966

On: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Justin Wilson
Justin E. Wilson
Apr 24 1914 - Sep 05 2001 age 87(2001-09-05)(1914-04-24) -

Justin Wilson recorded this Cajun comedy LP in front of 4,000 people in 1965 in the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas, Texas.

01  What A Cajun Is
02  How Come?
03  Humbug In Honolulu
04  Lesson In Etiquette
05  Cajun Collegiate
06  Silly Question -- Silly Answer
07  Sobriety Test
08  Cajun Football Philosopher

09  The Dreamer
10  Cajun Confusion in the City
11  The Key To The Problem
12  The Possun Story
13  Closing Remarks

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Lou Monte & Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra & Chorus - Italian Jingle Bells (Single) 1955

On: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lou Monte
Louis Scaglione
Apr 02 1917 – Jun 12 1989 age 72

Lou Monte was an Italian American singer best known for a number of best-selling, Italian-themed novelty records which he recorded for both RCA Records and Reprise Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also recorded on Roulette Records, Jubilee Records, Regalia Records, Musicor Records, Laurie Records, and AFE Records.

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RCA Victor 47-6320

Mike Warnke - Coming Home 1981

On: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mike Warnke
Michael Alfred Warnke
 Evansville, Indiana USA
Nov 19 1946 -

Mike Warnke is a Christian evangelist and comedian. With the success of his books and recordings, Warnke became one of evangelical Christianity's best-known experts on the subject of Satanism before his claims of having been a Satanist high priest were discredited in 1991 by the Christian magazine, Cornerstone.
01 No Place Like This Place
02 Radio Preachin'
03 We Ain't From Here
04 The Saga of Dougie & Will

05 Hell - !
06 Repent!
07 Coming Home

Christian Standup
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Bill Hicks - Philosophy, The Best of Bill Hicks 2001

On: Monday, November 19, 2012

Bill Hicks
William Melvin Hicks
Dec 16 1961 - Feb 26 1994  age 32

01 Greetings
02 Flying Saucer Tour
03 Please Do Not Disturb
04 Gays In The Military
05 Smoking
06 Great Times On Drugs
07 Sex On Trial
08 What Is Pornography
09 Save Willie
10 Confession Time (COPS)
11 Step On The Gas (LA Riots)
12 Hooligans
13 Politics In America
14 The Elite
15 Time To Evolve
16 Odd Beliefs
17 Dinosaurs In The Bible
18 Easter
19 Gideon's
20 Your Children Aren't Specials
21 The Sanctify Of Life

Shelley Berman - Mark Thomas Presents Shelley Berman 2005

On: Friday, November 16, 2012

Shelley Berman
Sheldon Berman
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Feb 03 1925 - 

A trained dramatic actor, Shelley Berman rose to fame in the 1950s by becoming the first "sit-down" comedian. Berman's calculatedly self-pitying nightclub monologues concerned his tiltings with the minor frustrations of everyday life. His specialty was the "telephone" monologue; seated on a stool and holding an imaginary receiver, Berman invariably cast himself as the victim of Ma Bell bureaucracy and thick-headed unseen "second parties." He tended to wear his neuroses on his sleeve, and was well-known for his unpredictable temperament; in one notorious TV-special appearance of the 1960s, Berman was interrupted in mid-monologue by a ringing offstage pay phone, whereupon he stomped backstage and tore the offending phone off the wall. A busy TV guest-star, Berman showed up frequently on the Paar/Sullivan/Allen variety show circuit of the 1950s and 1960s, and played seriocomic roles on such TV series as Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone and The Girl From UNCLE. He also played a recurring role on the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1977), and was co-producer of the 1970 summer replacement series Comedy Tonight. Berman's film credits include The Best Man (1964), Divorce American Style (1967) and Son of the Blob (1970). Dropping out of public view due to profound personal problems (not least of which was the death of his son), Shelley Berman staged a comeback in the 1980s with appearances in such films as Teen Witch (1989) and Elliot Faumann MD (1990)
Mark Clifford Thomas (born 11 April 1963) is an English comedian, presenter, political activist and reporter from south London. He first became known as a guest comic on the BBC Radio 1 comedy show The Mary Whitehouse Experience in the late 1980s. He is best known for political stunts on his show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4. Thomas describes himself as a "libertarian anarchist."

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Hal Roach - We Irish Talk Like That 1982 (Ireland)

On: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hal Roach
John Roach
Waterford, UK
Nov 04 1927 –  Feb 28 2012 age 84
Official Site

I brogue as thick as Irish stew, Hal Roach, Ireland's greatest comedian shows us the art of delivering comedy with the touch of the master. He loves what he does and it shows. This (album) is fantastic and a must have for all Hal Roach fans and it will make you laugh throughout!! -ebay reviewer

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Rego Irish Records – R-36,000

What Is THAT?

On: Sunday, November 11, 2012

Slapstick Humor -
  Comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action.
b) a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury

Slapsticks, old and new...


Dr Reginald MacNitt - Psycholaxation

On: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dr Reginald MacNitt
Birth name
Official Site
"Now, let's check your breathing..." Today I have a lovely little bit of self-help that should be useful to one and all;  step one of learning 'Psycholaxation', which is all the rage these days. You didn't know that you could learn something about it for free from WFMU, did you? Well, worry no more. Relaxation can be yours.
Some time ago, rummaging through some dusty old cassette tapes that my mother owned but hadn't played in years and years I came across one entitled "Dr. MacNitt - Psycholaxation", hand-written in someone else's hand, most likely given to my mom as a helpful tool of some sort.  It was clearly copied from a vinyl record, which I've been unable to locate a picture of, or any detailed info about. Upon playing it for the first time, I fell in love with the fellow's voice - he sounds almost like a cartoon character. No insult to the guy - even compared to lots of hypnosis and sleep-training records that I've heard over the years, his pipes and his delivery are priceless!  I think you'll hear what I mean. A more marble-mouthed and nebbish-ey spoken style I can barely accomplish myself - but he's a fun model to imitate.
Here's some things that I did manage to find out about this technique: The good doctor apparently published a lot of small-press self-help books and articles, including this one attributed to his wife, Mildred L. MacNitt - "Psycholaxation: A New Dimension for Living", as told to Mildred L. MacNitt, 93 pages, published by the Living Arts Foundation in December, 1955. On the record he mentions the book "Three Steps to Better Living", and he also worked up a "Personality and Vocational Guidance Test" course in 1943, which fits him.  
I think you'll find his dialog and vocal style as charming as I did, despite the low-grade old cassette and the scratchy record it was sourced from. Settle back - don't cross your legs or arms - and enjoy the flow of the wonderful Doctor MacNutt. Ooops - I mean MacNitt. WFMU       

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