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Bert Henry - Position Is Everything 1960

On: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bert Henry
Birth name
Before 1945 - ~2004
Official Site

Bert Henry, stand-up comedian, is a man whose albums are difficult to find and whose humor is heard throughout the streets on an almost daily basis. There are no videos on You Tube and the advertisements for his 33 1/3 RPM Long Play Fax Records such as At the Hungry Thigh and In the Raw offer little education in the area of his life or career.
During the late 1950’s and early 60’s Henry established a clamoring audience that consisted of the average man and Hollywood entertainers who considered his bits to be wild and bold, which they were for their time: With routines about a cat of nine tails, sexual urges, a horse named My Dick ridden first by Jockey Strap (who falls off My Dick after the horse enters “a very dangerous position”) and then A. Crab (who nobody should “forget to put on their…scratch ticket.”) and (probably most noteably) a parrot who incessantly claims, "I know what you do!" and at the hatching of her eggs, it is discovered that what she does is have sexual intercourse with owls!
Henry, boasted by Fax records as a master of “Torrid tid-bits of sexopathic humor!” began his career in show business as a jitter-bug dancer in Cincinnati, Ohio. After earning acclaim for his performances on the USO circuit, Henry encountered an emergency when the record to which he and his wife danced went dead behind the stage wings. Henry stood before an audience of 2,000 in utter silence. He began adlibbing and, to his amazement, held them enthralled. After this, he “stooged” for a Burlesque Comic of Columbo’s in Philadelphia. After the Burlesque comic (kept anonymous even in the very few bios of Henry) became sick, Henry was sent up before the audience as headliner for the evening. Thus began his career as a solo act.
Those fortunate enough to own his records might remark on the superb timing of Bert Henry; of the charisma that "street jokers" lack which he brought to the stage and of how kindly he closed all of his shows by saying, "In show business you learn three things: You stand up to be seen, you speak loud to be heard and when you have an audience as nice as this, you sit down to be appreciated." All owners of his records (this owner included) may also find themselves outraged that, while his jokes live on in the voices of con's who steel material for a few jitters from their friends, the man who wrote them himself has faded away.
Side 1 
01 Bar Buddies
02 Supermarket Pick-Up
03 Anthony & Cleopatra
04 Queers & Rears
05 Ashes In A Fruit Jar
06 15 Years Happiness
07 Bisexual
08 No Degenerates In Show Business
09 Going Down
10 Sex Relations
11 Man Without A Gun
12 To Kill A Man
13 The Queer Termite
14 The Mouse & The Giraffe
15 Mouse & Spouse
16 Elephant Shoot
17 Mother Is Spoiled
18 The Big Tail
19 King Of The Jungle
20 What Kills Elephants
21 Rooster Or Chicken
22 Wrestling
23 Hen Chaser
24 Pigeons In The Rose Bowl
25 The Queer Rooster
26 Mounted Monkeys
27 Glass In The Rat Hole
28 A Dog's Life
29 Pay Toilets
30 The Lost Tail
31 Dog Building
32 The Rich Dog
33 Nude At The Circus
34 Throw Something
35 The Exotic Dancer's Parrot

Side 2
01 Batter Up
02 Go Home Honey
03 Sex Is Here To Stay
04 They Get You By The Room
05 Normal Sex Life
06 Lady Chatterley's Lover
07 Cold Shower
08 Marry For Money
09 Eating Out
10 Play In The Cracks
11 Three In A Bed
12 The New Position
13 Coming Home
14 Atomic Bra
15 Shorten The Stroke
16 Women Fade In The Stretch
17 Slippery Sarah
18 Girls Who Eat Oysters
19 Is Yours Raisin Too
20 Up With The Petticoats, Down With The Pants
21 French Riviera
22 The Senator & Secretary
23 The Greek Customer
24 Johnny's Teacher
25 Technical Bastard
26 The Clean Waiter
27 Nude On The Third Floor
28 The Silver Screw

Fax Records 3004
His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Bert Henry The Hard Way 1963
Bert Henry The Hard way 1963
In The Raw 1962
In The Raw 1962
In The Raw 1962


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