National Humor Month Suggestion

April is National Humor Month and I only recently discovered that Sirius XM had added a comedy channel that I really have enjoyed. The Comedy Classics channel can be found for a limited time on Channel 104. Here is what Radio Insight quoted from the press release:

This is not a prank: SiriusXM announced today a new channel, Comedy Classics, that will honor timeless stand-up from the 1950s-1970s. The line-up includes iconic moments from legends who shaped the landscape and defined comedy for generations. The limited run channel is available now on SiriusXM channel 104.

Building on SiriusXM’s enormous classic stand-up library, the channel will add material from legendary comedians like Bob Hope, Jonathan Winters, and the infamous Friars Club Roasts that paved the way for the comedy that we love today. SiriusXM’s Comedy Classics now pays tribute to these icons showcasing their immense talent and funniest moments. In addition to the aforementioned legends, each week the channel will spotlight both never-before-heard and rare stand-up highlights that haven’t been heard in decades, featuring comedy from Jackie Gleason, Buddy Hackett, The Smothers Brothers, Flip Wilson, and more.

Also not to be missed are Bob Hope’s Thanks for The Memories special, stand-up from The Garry Moore Show, and the Colgate Comedy Special featuring Nipsey Russel, Rowan & Martin, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and more.

“Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, looking to discover the roots of modern-day comedy, or just hankering for a great laugh, Comedy Classics will appeal to a wide range of listeners,” said Jack Vaughn, SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President of Comedy Programming. “The era provided such a wealth of amazing talent, material, and inspiration that we had to properly honor it with its very own channel.”

Comedy Classics is available now on channel 104, and will subsequently be available exclusively on the SiriusXM app and desktop player.

What I have really enjoyed is hearing some of the early stand up stuff from guys like Jon Byner, Buddy Hackett, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor and more. Some of these cuts are taken from the Ed Sullivan Show and other TV appearances. Others are cuts from classic comedy albums. What I enjoyed listening to the most are the cuts from the Friar’s Roasts and the Dean Martin Roasts.

Some of the material is dated and some of it might be considered “politically incorrect” today, but I found myself enjoying much of it!

Want a laugh? Check it out!

“Never Got a Dinner”!

RedButtonsKaplanRoast-5The amazing Red Buttons was born today in 1919. He was the comedian and actor who hosted “The Red Buttons Show” on TV from 1952-1955. He later appeared in many movies, including “The Longest Day”, “The Poseidon Adventure”, and “Hatari!” He won an Academy Award for his role in the movie Sayonara. He also won a Golden Globe Award during his career. He starred on both The Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders Show and had a recurring role on ER. He was a favorite on the Dean Martin Roasts doing his famous bits “never got a dinner” and “I was there”!

After Red passed away, I believe it was Norm Crosby who said that what made Red so amazing was he continued to write and rewrite material using the themes “Never Got a Dinner” and “I was there”!  The bit ALWAYS got laughs.  He even did the bit on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

While some of these lines are a bit dated – They still make me laugh.  When Red would take the dais at a Friar’s Club Roast or on the Dean Martin Roast, he would always ask the question “Why are we giving (guest of honor) a dinner?!  Some of the most famous people in history never got a dinner!”  Here are some of my favorite Red Buttons Lines:

Abraham Lincoln, who said, “A house divided … is a condominium.” Never got a dinner!

George Washington, who said to his father, “Dad, if I never tell I lie, how am I ever gonna become President?” Never got a dinner!

Cain, whose wife divorced him because he wasn’t Able. Never got a dinner!

Goliath’s mother, who said to Goliath, “Stop running around with David! You’re always coming home stoned!” Never got a dinner!

Dr. Spock, who said, “Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.” Never got a dinner!

Jack the Ripper’s mother, who said to Jack, “How come I never see you with the same girl twice? ” Never got a dinner!

Noah’s wife, who said to Noah, “Don’t let the elephants watch the rabbits.” Never got a dinner!

John Travolta, who said, “My Saturday night fever was nothing compared to my Sunday morning rash.” Never got a dinner!

Nostradamus, who PREDICTED he would never get a dinner! Never got a dinner!

Adam, who said to Eve, “What do you mean you have nothing to wear?” Never got a dinner!

Eve, who asked Adam, “Does this fig leaf make me look fat?” Never got a dinner! (Got an apple, but never got a dinner.)

Maid Marion, who said to Robin Hood, “I will not live in a house with a Little John.” Never got a dinner!

Adam, who said to God in the Garden of Eden, “I’ve got more ribs, do you got more broads?” Never got a dinner!

 

Moses, who said to the Children of Israel, “Wear your galoshes, I never did this trick before… and stop calling me Charlton!” Never got a dinner!

Flash Gordon, who said, “No, that’s not how I got my name”  Never got a dinner!

Amelia Earhart, who said, “Stop looking for me, see if you can find my luggage”  Never got a dinner!

President Jimmy Carter, who said to Pope John Paul II, “Next time bring the missus” Never got a dinner!

King Henry VIII, who said to his lawyer, “Forget the alimony, I’ve got a better idea” Never got a dinner!

King Soloman, who said to his thousand wives, “Who hasn’t got a headache?” Never got a dinner!

Queen Elizabeth who said, “Not now I’m on the throne!”  Never got a dinner!

Aladdin, who said to his wife, “I know it’s not a lamp, keep rubbing!” Never got a dinner!

Red was one of the best.