Thursday, March 29, 2012

JEWISH KID FROM SUBURBIA REVEALS ALL TIME FAVORITE COMEDY RECORDS (an ongoing series)


I AM NOT OLD. Oh sure I’m 41. So yes, to my 23 yr. old co-workers I’m 9 years away from ancient (Whew!) Though honestly I feel like I can relate to them on almost every level. Their music doesn’t suck. And yes, I’ve been known to partake in a CW show (or two) and JS on Mtv. I can even hold my own at Beer Pong. My only difference is how I prefer to take my comedy albums. First of all, the fact that I refer to them as comedy albums ages me. Kids today and their youtube College Humor clips. To me, no ifs ands or buts, vinyl is the only way to go with stand-up comedy. It’s hard to explain, especially since I cringe when I hear a song that’s anything less than digitally mastered. Maybe it’s just my way of turning back the clock. Sorta like really, really old people liking B&W shows or Lawrence Welk. I guess it just takes me back to the days of sneaking in the shag-infused den with my friends to use my dad’s turntable. We’d flip on the record, carefully place the needle, sit back and listen while sipping a bottle of whatever from the liquor cabinet. Here's one of my many top vinyl memories...
RICHARD PRYOR (LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP): Believe it or not this one is a tad before my time. Still if you ever find it buy it. Standard on all albums is his hilarious take on white people. This one he also includes a bit about his sexually active exotic pets and…I’ll just leave it at that.

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17 comments:

  1. I remember that Richard Pryor bit - very funny. And everything sounds better on vinyl. It just does.

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  2. Do you have a turntable? I'll have to check with hubby and see if he has this one. There a pretty good chance he does!

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  3. We used to buy Bill Cosby's albums. Weird Harold made me laugh and also the story of him and his brother smearing jello all over the apartment. I never heard a Richard Pryor album.

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  4. for some reason, i always thought you were like 30. hahaha.

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  5. Hey you're older than me! Fuckin A!!!!

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  6. Sounds pretty good to me buddy. Sitting back and listening to the vinyl sounds fun to me too, definitely not something to feel any shame about buddy.

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  7. There is a lot of great old comedy only available on vinyl, so yes, give it a chance.

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  8. IT's a real treat, Pryor at his best!

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  9. That one wasn't before my time, but the Bill Cosby record we own WAS. Really!

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  10. and the best part about vinyls is when they get too scratched to play, they make great frisbees! :D

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  11. I think what people enjoy in life is set by what they expereince as a kid. I love old black and white movies and serials cause one night as a kid I stayed up all night and watched two old black and white serials. I rarely watched TV when I was young so its one of my only TV watching experieces from a young age and it always stayed with me. And thats why I love black and white movies and serials to this day.

    Also the "air" sound of vinyl makes it sound like you're in a theatre listening to the performance.

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  12. i've actually listen to this and on vinyl very funny

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  13. Hey.. alright. I'll take your word for it :D

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  14. 41 will never be old to me now that I've hit 53.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. I used to own all the Bill Cosby albums back in the 60's. Why Is There Air was a great one.

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  16. HELL YEAH to those talkin' 'bout Bill Cosby. Growin' up, it wasn't until later that I grew to appreciate my dad's hard old school rock and heavy metal (thank you Based Iron Maiden for opening my eyes to the world of heavy metal and the roots it grew from and alongside with), but during the time were his Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and other comedy albums like that.

    "JEFFREY DON'T DO THIS JEFFREY DON'T DO THAT JEFFREY JEFFREY JEFFREY" and the Chocolate Cake script. Yeah, good shit mang.

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