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Washington Crosses the Delaware

I absolutely adore the back and forth between Washington,
his second in command, and the boat owner.
Stan Freberg was George, Barney Phillips was the Lieutenant,
and Peter Leeds was the Boat Man, all in superb voice.
Master of satire at his peak, nobody better, Stan Freberg and
the vocal talent he hired are to be remembered…

Fireworks in Tennessee

Tim Wilson with a look at growing up with fireworks.
I certainly did, when I was a kid fireworks were legal
in New Hampshire, and I took full advantage of it.
Then there were several bottle rocket fires, and the usual
mangling of the digits suffered by folks who should have
known not to mix gunpowder with beer, that later caused
the state legislature to enact laws governing such things.
For years it was illegal to possess anything more than a
simple sparkler or Morning Glory type of device.
It was during those years that my father and I got into
the fireworks business, and boy did we ever.
I used to carry a pencil and small notebook around to
jot down orders from folks who wanted pyrotechnics.
I quickly became an expert on Chinese fireworks.
We got most of it from shipments directly into the
ports of Boston, cheap and plentiful and of great quality.
Ground displays, firecrackers, aerial displays, cones, rockets,
and the beloved cakes were my bread and butter for years.
I certainly knew what the best deals were, to me a cheap
Colored Pearl or a Garden in Spring still blows the doors
off of most much larger and more expensive devices.
Cuckoos are outstanding, as are most of the Festival Balls.
And yes, I had my share of real M-80s…

Comedy 101 Radio 7.2.20

A 4th of July Independence Day show!
I played a lot of new material this week.
I started the show with my personal tweak to the
late, disgraced Joe McCarthy by playing something
by a REAL American…Pete Seeger!
Stan Freberg was prominent, I love playing his
material on the show.
His vocal talent pool were the best in the industry.
And he was no slouch either.
Paul Frees, Helen Kleeb, Peter Leeds, June Foray,
Jesse White, Barney Phillips and Byron Kane round
out the superb cast of voice artists used here.
Lots of holiday related material with a heartfelt
tribute to the recently departed Carl Reiner.
A great one by Paul & Storm.
Rhett and Link with a classic piece for the occasion.
Dan Cummins with a smart one.
Onward and Upwards…

I Know an Old Lady (Who Swallowed a Fly)- Pete Seeger
The Sale of Manhattan- Stan Feberg
Camping- Tim Young (s-up)
Count’em Up Queek- 2NU
Children’s Menu- Bob and Ray
Crazy Times Sparklers and Guns- Jeff Cesario (s-up)
The Robot Cat- Logan Whitehurst & the Junior Science Club
The Two Hour Old Baby- Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
Bedtime Story- The Not Ready for Prime Time Players
Gravy Drinker- Jim Gaffigan (s-up)
Ten-finger Johnny- Paul & Storm
The Boston Tea Party- Stan Feberg
Winning the Lottery- Brent Butt (s-up)
Freelance Fireworks Hall of Fame- Rhett and Link
A Pinhead Will Survive- Reverend Billy C Wirtz
Jaws 4- Richard Jeni (s-up)
What’s in My Hotdog?- Steve Goodie
Declaration of Independence- Stan Freberg
I Don’t Feel Like an Adult- Zoltan Kaszas (s-up)
I Like Beer- South Filthy
Incompetent Typesetter- The Royal Canadian Air Farce
Fireworks and Lame- Christian Finnegan (s-up)
Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette- Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere- Stan Freberg
Getting Older- Rodney Dangerfield (s-up)
(I’ve No Wish to) Keep it Real- Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer
Betsy Ross and the Flag- Stan Freberg
Fireworks in Tennessee- Tim Wilson (s-up)
Americans- Corky & the Juice Pigs
The Discovery of Electricity- Stan Freberg
Athletes- Dan Gabriel (s-up)
I’m the Urban Spaceman- The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Washington Crosses the Delaware- Stan Feberg
The Semicolon- Dan Cummins (s-up)

Salt of the Earth

One of the best scenes in all of cinema.
Not hyperbole, I mean it.
From a flick that is definitely one of a kind,
Blazing Saddles is as great a cult classic as
anything out there.
Cleavon Little plays a newly selected sheriff
that the local town folk just don’t appreciate.
He gets a Little pep talk (pun intended) from
the local gunslinger, as played by Gene Wilder.
As rumor has it, he did not know that Gene
would say exactly what he did, the smile and
laughter at the end are genuine.
To put it all into text watch the whole movie.
Even if you’ve seen it before I’m sure you’ll
find something new and hilarious, it’s that
kind of film…