2000 Year Old Man, The[CD] - Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Newly remastered for the 50th anniversary of the birth of The 2000 Year Old Man. The DVD features a brand-new exclusive interview with Reiner and Brooks discussing the history of the routine, the 1975 animated 2000 Year Old Man TV special, and vintage clips of the two appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and The New Steve Allen Show. The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History also includes extensive liner notes, rare photos and tributes from some of the biggest names in comedy. Contains all five 2000 Year Old Man albums on three CDs as well as a 32-page book with rare photos and new essays by Dick Cavett and comedy historian Gerald Nachman.
Driving Instructor (Pilot Script for a New TV Series)
Grace L. Ferguson Airline (and Storm Door Co.)
Bus Drivers School
Uncle Freddie Show
Introducing Tobacco to Civilization
The Siamese Cat
Defusing a Bomb
A Friend with a Dog
The Expectant Father
On Poodles and Planes
The Man Who Looked Like Hitler
Returning a Gift
Buying a House
Ben Franklin in Analysis
Daddy of All Hangovers
On Trains and Planes
Modern Witch Doctor
Charlie Varon: Visiting Professor of Pessimism[CD] - KPFA. Live, April 6, 2003, Berkeley, California. Comedy sketches.
Too Damn Polite
Forget Your Troubles
The Four Questions
People's Violin Medley
Comedy Central: Stand-Up - Find every comedian on Comedy Central, featuring the latest and most popular funny stand-up videos, comedians by genre + browse A-Z.
His Royal Hipness[CD] - Lord Buckley. 'His Royal Hipness' was as unique as they come, an eccentric white cat who made his mark by recasting familiar tales--from Shakespeare, the Bible, and beyond--in a frantic spray of black street lingo, jazz-speak, and hipster jive. In Buckley's mind, Jesus became 'The Nazz,' Gandhi 'The Hip Gan,' and explorer Vasco da Gama 'Cabeza de Gasca.' That would be adventurous now. It was simply unheard of in the 1940s and 1950s when Buckley was plying his trade, entertaining audiences he called his Royal Court. He was too weird to be more than a cult figure, but his defiant persona, deep individualism, and comic sense of cool certainly influenced the likes of Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, and even Bob Dylan. Gone, wailin' stuff.
How to Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties - Lenny Bruce
Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce
Comic at the Palladium - Lenny Bruce
In Which the Artist Discusses the Philadelphia Hotel Room Raid - Lenny Bruce
Internet Archive: Audio Archive - This library contains over a hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.
Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black[CD] - Eighth album by comedian Lewis Black, released through Comedy Central Records. Awarded the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, Stark Raving Black features Lewis Black serving up his blistering social and political commentary on current events. The movie is a culmination of his very best material from his sold out shots throughout North America and Europe in 2009.
Democrats & Republicans
Vince Gill, Amy Grant, & Me
Birth & Death
Mike Nichols and Elaine May: In Retrospect[CD] - Chicago is a town known for its improv, and, in the beginning, back in the 1950s, there was the Playwrights Theatre Club, which gave rise to a crop of talent and troupes like the Second City. Original members Mike Nichols and Elaine May after honing their talents with the Playwrights Theatre went on to superb careers, May on Broadway and Nichols in Hollywood where he directed such classic films as The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Dubbed "the world's fastest humans" for their whip-smart, lightning-fast lines, Nichols and May are funny, but they are stunning when you realize their sketches were unscripted. Entirely improvised, this collection of 12 of their best efforts showcases their superb timing and ability to develop character depth. Alternating straight and set-up roles, they take the audience in one direction and then suddenly change directions with amusing results. Able to assume accents and characters like a second skin, Nichols and May are the real thing, amusing, acerbic, and clever, and this album is a thing of comedic history.
Mother and Son
A Little More Gauze
Merry Christmas, Doctor
Bach to Bach
Second Piano Concerto (The Dentist)
Nichols and May at Work
Mort Sahl: At the Hungry I[CD] - Mort Sahl got his start at the Hungry I, and this album, mostly recorded at that club, shows Sahl doing what he does best: attacking anyone and everyone, from the president to Khrushchev, from New Yorkers to the Germans.
No Pryor Restraint: Life In Concert[CD/DVD] - Richard Pryor. With seven CDs and two DVDs that deliver over 12 hours of prime Pryor hilarity both familiar and rare spanning from 1966 to 1992, this essential collection features the best recordings from his early years as a still-developing stand-up, his '70s-early '80s glory years as a profane-but-profound comic icon, and one of his final onstage performances in 1992. The deluxe book contains rare photos, multiple essays, exclusive celebrity tributes, a discography, a filmography, and a personal note penned by Richard's widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
Inside Shelley Berman[CD] - The material is split between Berman's trademark one-sided phone conversations (Department Store," The Morning After," and Dedicated to Parents) and more traditional observational humor (Airlines," Buttermilk," and Embarrassing Moments). Because the humor transcends genre, race, and to some degree generation, Berman is able to incorporate the audience's natural reaction into A Little Game that he calls Nostalgics. The game commences when a word or phrase is said that conjures up definitive "sweet" memories that recall a specifically good time or period in one's life."Go to jail...go directly to jail...do not pass go...do not collect $200," is given as a timeless example. Equally as enlightened are the telephone bits, which again rely on the comedy of reaction. Arguably the best known of these is the Department Store sketch -- which gained national exposure via both Jack Paar and Steve Allen's Tonight Show in 1958 and 1959, respectively. Here an office worker -- presumably located in a metropolitan skyscraper -- attempts to rescue a woman who is hanging from the window ledge across the street. The series of well-meaning conversations that eventually lead to the woman's safe return inside the store are equally hilarious and thought-provokingly poignant.
A Little Game
The Morning After
Dedicated to Parents
On Location with Shelley Berman[DVD] - Berman's onstage persona in this 80-minute performance at the Chicago Playboy Club is dark, cynical, more than slightly neurotic and characterized by mood swings fluctuating between self-deprecation and egotism. Berman keeps the audience off guard, alternately flattering, insulting, confusing and amusing them. Filmed at the Playboy Club in 1977, Berman presents some of his best known routines such as, The Department Store, The Mechanical Heart, Language Barrier and Little Embarrassing Moments, plus a moving tribute to his father.
Tom Lehrer Collection[CD] - "Witty, condescending, intellectual, elitist, satirical, educator, stuffy, wordsmith: Depending on whom you ask, all these apply to Tom Lehrer to greater and lesser degrees, but everyone has to admit the last title holds true."
Fight Fiercely, Harvard
The Irish Ballad
When You Are Old and Grey
We All Go Together When We Go
National Brotherhood Week
So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)
Wernher von Braun
The Vatican Rag
I Got It From Agnes
O-U (The Hound Song)
S-N (Snore, Sniff, and Sneeze)
N Apostrophe T
(I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
The Masochism Tango
Woody Allen: The Stand-Up Years, 1964-1968 - This release contains Allen's three stand-up comedy albums, originally recorded and released between 1964 and 1968. Also included is an audience Q&A, previously left off released reissues of these original recordings.
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