[78-L] 1st Family

Steven C. Barr stevenc at interlinks.net
Sun Mar 7 19:23:26 PST 2010

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From: "David Lennick" <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
>I began listening to every comedy album on the market around 1961, just 
> Shelley Berman, Nichols & May and Bob Newhart had made their first impact. 
> I
> was also introduced to Lenny Bruce and Tom Lehrer by unsuspecting 
> relatives who
> corrupted me forever (I used to sing "The Irish Ballad" on the school bus, 
> but
> they let me attend anyway). There was a lot of deadwood issued as well, 
> and
> there were funny albums by people who never got more than one shot at it 
> like
> Milt Kamen. Some stuff has sat there unplayed for decades, just never got
> around to it..I OWN an album by Paul Dooley, who at 82 is still around and 
> in
> fact is giving a comedy seminar in Toronto this weekend as well as 
> premiering a
> film he directed, but I've never played it. (It's so old he has hair.)
> We just watched "Airplane", which is now 30 years old. Still amazingly 
> funny,
> which they achieved by playing everything straight (except "Johnny").
After well over a decade of accumulating 78rpm phonorecords...I STILL feel
that the funniest-ever recording was very near the beginning...?! This was, 
course, Burt Sheppard's recording of "How I Got To Morrow"...?!

Steven C. Barr 

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