[78-L] Live Comedy.
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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