[78-L] Live Comedy.

Elizabeth McLeod lizmcl at midcoast.com
Tue Apr 12 06:56:45 PDT 2011

Standup comedians in the form of vaudeville/Broadway monologists were 
commonly featured on Rudy Vallee's radio program during the thirties -- 
with many surviving recordings of their performances. Maybe the most 
definitive is a performance by Richy Craig Jr. from November 1933 -- he 
was the performer who inspired Bob Hope's style and manner, reacting to 
the audience in a very casual, offhand way rather than simply reciting 
jokes. There are some Frank Fay performances on the Vallee program from a 
few years later that show the same self-aware approach, and are very 
clearly pointing the way to modern standup style. None of these are 
commercially-released recordings, but they're recordings nonetheless.



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