The Great Ones

Comedy is our life and we would like to share our favorites with you. Listed are performers from yesteryear to the performers of tomorrow. 

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Silent Films

Buster Keaton - the greatest comedian who ever lived
Charlie Chaplin - the Little Tramp lives on
Harold Lloyd - one of the pioneers of modern feature-length comedy
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle - rediscover this funny man whose tragic life cut his career short
Charlie Chase - another worthwhile comedian in the Roach Studio
Laurel and Hardy - if you have never seen their silent films, you are missing some of their best work
Silent Movies - a comprehensive general site

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The Talkies

Laurel and Hardy - two man, one thought; timeless humor and check out
Our Gang Comedies - no cutesy kids here, just great comedy
Popeye the Sailor - from Thimble Theater comics strips to Max Fleischer's black & white classics; Jack Mercer was a brilliant voice actor
The Marx Brothers - anarchy reigns supreme
W.C. Fields - "The Bank Dick" is one our favorite movies
The Three Stooges - cheap production values hamper their short subjects but they still are funny.
Abbott and Costello - their films are not among our favorites; they were always better than the material
Bob Hope - he never impressed us on radio or TV but his "Road" pictures with Bing are gems
Jerry Lewis - he's not for everyone, but we love his early 1960s films
http://members.aol.com/oxford0614/Monty Python - Rare indeed: films as good as their TV shows
Zazu Pitts (1898-1963)- a star who'm Olive Oil's voice was taken from

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Old Time Radio

Fred Allen - no one seems to have done a site devoted to this great satirist; guess WE will have to!
Jack Benny - Comedy-O-Rama tribute page, and more!
Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy - great writing and characters that live on in our culture
Fibber McGee & Molly - great use of sound effects (the hall closet!) and good funny dialogue and another site

Abbott and Costello - some of Lou's best work was in this setting before a live audience; check out the text to their version of "Who's on First?"
Duffy's Tavern - "where the elite meet to eat"... no website for this great show either (?)
The Life of Riley - no website for William Bendix in one of the first sitcoms ever?
Guess we need to do this one too!
Fannie Brice- Our very own tribute page.
Groucho Marx - a great wit even without his brothers
Amos and Andy - considered racist today, the early incarnation of this show was classic human comedy
Bing Crosby - sing sming! give us his comic timing; Bing Crosby also pioneered prerecorded shows
Daws Butler - the voice magician and a great man
Stan Freberg - often forgotten brilliant satirist whose heyday was the 1950s
Bob & Ray - classic radio comedy four decades after radio supposedly died
Old Time Radio.com - our good friend Max Schmid is an expert in this field
The Goons - Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and all their wacky Goons
Adventures in Cassettes - vintage radio tapes
Boston Pete's Old Time Radio Place - to buy sound
Radio Mystery Theater 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater - searchable by plots, actors, and writers

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Comedy Albums

California Albums - a great resource for Comedy "vinyl" LPs
Stan Freberg - often forgotten brilliant satirist whose heyday was the 1950s
Daws Butler - he wrote and performed in many of Stan Freberg's greatest recordings
Bob Newhart - his subtle style has been hip for five decades
Bill Cosby - hear the sounds of this naturally funny man
Nichols and May - before "The Graduate" and "The Bird Cage" they were the quintessential comedy couple... but no website seems to exist for them
Mel Brooks - stand up, actor, director, song writer, producer, script writer
Woody Allen - before he became the film genius, his stand-up comedy was refreshingly simple
Bill Dana - forgotten great; we have not found anything on the web about him yet
Lenny Bruce - the symbol of free speech in humor has no website devoted to him?
Mort Sahl - the great political satirist has been doing it since the 1950s and is still going strong
David Frye - his political satire of the early 70s has not been surpassed (but he has no website)
George Carlin - saying what you really think can be funny and enlightening
Shelly Berman- Not gone or forgotten, he is touring in 2004!
Tom Lehrer - singing songs of political incorrectness
Rodney Dangerfield - the man who made putting yourself down funny
Monty Python - yes, they even made funny albums
Firesign Theater - wild and wonderful, complex and ridiculous, the pioneers of the modern stereo comedy albums.
Cheech and Chong - drug culture subject matter not withstanding, one of the few comedy teams of the 70s who also helped pioneer the modern stereo comedy album
Dr. Demento - sharing his love of comedy with us all
Steve Martin - has gotten better with age; we love him in "LA Story"

Richard Pryor - strong stand up comedian
Shelly Berman- Not gone or forgotten, he is touring in 2004!

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Directors

Hal Roach - producer of Laurel & Hardy, Harold Loyd, Buster Keaton, he started it all!
Buster Keaton - he was also a great comedy director
Charlie Chaplin

Harold Lloyd - one of the pioneers of modern feature-length comedy
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle - rediscover this funny man whose tragic life cut his career short
Roberto Benigni - One of the few performers making great comedy in the 1990s, even with subtitles
Woody Allen - he makes intelligently funny films
Billy Wilder
Ernst Lubitz
Preston Stergus
Mel Brooks - from a writer for Sid Caesar to director of "The Producers," this is a funny man
Carl Reiner
Gene Wilder
Mike Nichols
Robert Altman
Tim Robbins
Blake Edwards
Jerry Lewis - he's not for everyone, but we love his early 1960s films
Max Fleischer
Chuck Jones - one of the great animation directors; the timing and design on the Road Runner alone was stunning
Bob Clampett
Tex Avery
Friz Freleng
John Kricfalusi - the man who brought creativity back to TV animation. Check out the Spumco website
Nick Parks - original and wonderful genius of the clay, especially "
Wallace & Gromit"
The Coen Brothers - modern independent wonders
Wes Anderson - an up and coming good guy
Steve Martin - has gotten better with age; we love him in "LA Story"

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Performers

Phil Silvers - the unappreciated funniest man in the history of TV
Groucho Marx - a great wit even without his brothers
Will Rogers - stage, radio, film -- this great humorists did it all
Stan Freberg - often forgotten brilliant satirist who's heyday was the 1950s
Roberto Benigni - One of the few performers making great comedy in the 1990s, even with subtitles
Daws Butler - the greatest cartoon voice actor ever (also go here!)(and for his Kellogg's characters)
Peter Sellers - not just a comic mimic but a great actor
Mort Sahl - was doing insightful political humor before it was fashionable
Jonathan Winters - brilliant but has never reached his potential
Jean Sheperd - one of the truly original humorists of the last half-century; we loved his WOR show in the 1970s
Madeline Kahn - a brilliant comedienne
Andy Kaufman - not a comedian, he insisted; he broke all the rules and changed the face of comedy
Harry Hill - a fine British comedian
Steve Martin - has gotten better with age; we love him in "LA Story"
Robin Williams - a great improvisational comic, surprises spring forth from his loins, we mean head. (In grade school Lorie would run around the house imitating him for an hour after Mork & Mindy.)
Bill Irwin - incredible mime; should have been the Harold Lloyd of the 90s
Steven Wright - a rare "quiet" comedian, refreshing
Harry Shearer - a independent satiric voice working in and out of the system
Billy Connolly - Scotland most successful comedian
Janeane Garofalo - an stand-up and actress who is refreshingly honest
Dennis Miller - a comic encyclopedia
Penn and Teller - if the Marx Bros. were magicians
Tracey Ullman - amazingly versatile comic actress
Christine Cavanaugh - the versatile cartoon voice actress
Nancy Cartwight - The voice of Bart Simpson
Billy Barty - One of the greatest Little People ever!
Martha Raye - what a mouth, what a talent
William Demarest - good bio page side kick, prat fall, he did it all
Betty Hutton - energy, talent and energy
Ann Sothern - another page - Masie Ravier and so much more
Eddie Bracken - radio (henry, henry aldrich), films and guest shots on tv
Owen Wilson - I fist saw him in one thing and then hea was in a bunch of good stuff
Shelly Berman- Not gone or forgotten, he is touring in 2004!

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Television

 

1950s

You���ll Never Get Rich / The Phil Silver���s Show (Bilko) - find out why this was the funniest show of the 1950s
Admiral Broadway Review /Your Show of Shows / Caesar���s Hour - Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and the writers made some hilarious TV moments Buy Sid's Collection
Our Miss Brooks - why isn't Nick at Nite playing this timeless show?
Burn���s & Allen - they hit their stride on TV; George talking to the camera was revolutionary at that time
Jack Benny - his weekly show aired from 1932 (radio) to 1965 (TV) and this site
Abbott and Costello - we love their TV series the best; not to mention their hilarous live performances on the Colgate Comedy Hour
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - sharp comic timing, Bob Denver was brilliant as Maynard G. Krebs
I Love Lucy - the momma of all TV sitcom
Amos and Andy - considered racist today, the TV version was the first with an all black cast
The Honeymooners - Gleason's brilliant gem of a show, especially the 1955-56 season
Ernie Kovacs - TV as an art form died when we lost this genius

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1960s

The Andy Grffith Show - good character writing and Don Knotts' best work
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flintstones - the first season was classic, but then it has been a slow decline in quality ever since
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show - the wittiest cartoon show ever
Get Smart - Mel Brooks' and Buck Henry's often imitated spy spoof
Smothers Brothers - still funny after all these years
The Carol Burnet Show - this was the last great comedy sketch show
Green Acres - Eddie Alberts gem.
Cartoon-O-Rama - HANNA-BARBERA INDEX
Car 54 Where Are You? - A classic TV show!

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1970s

Monty Python's Flying Circus - the wildest Britcom ever made, inspiring generations of comics to come
All In The Family - the first seasons were sharp, caustic and hilarious
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - finally a sitcom about a strong single woman
The Bob Newhart Show - Bob's first hit sitcom and still his best
The Odd Couple - we are in awe of brilliant timing of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall Fawlty Towers - the funniest Britcom ever made
M*A*S*H - better than the Altman film (if possible)
Saturday Night Live (1975-1980) - the classic years and still the best
Richard Pryor
- strong stand up comedian

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1980s

Taxi - the best sitcom of the 1980s; should have lasted twenty years
Soap - very funny goings-on
The Muppet Show - Jim Henson's funniest work
SCTV - consistantly funny parodies and characters
Pee-Wee's Playhouse - not really a kid's show, was it?
Cheers - a flawed by funny sitcom: Carla's character needed better development... Why didn't anbyone ever get drunk in that bar?

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1980s and onward

Kids in the Hall - Canada's inspired lunacy
Late Night with Conan O'Brien - the surprise of the 90s; brilliant comedy sketch work
Mr. Bean - Rowan Atkinson has made subtle slapstick fashionable again
Seinfeld - sometimes too mean-spirited but always the funny scripts on TV
The Simpsons - proof that animation can be intelligently written and very funny; why aren't there more cartoons this good?
Third Rock from the Sun - John Lithgow look like he is having a ball
The Drew Carey Show - nice to see a sitcom in the late 90s that is NOT about "eye candy"
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - where 60% if the youth get there news? Well it nakes watching the news easlier to swallow. GREAT political satire! We love Jon!

 

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Other Comedy (and Cartoons!) Sites

 

Animation and Cartoon Heaven - a great online mag for us cartoon buffs
Oh Yeah! Cartoons - find out what great new cartoons NickToons is doing!
Calvin and Hobbes
- Bill Waterson's charming and thoughful comic strip
Cartoon Alley - funny and clean comics of all shorts
Comedyzine - hilarious humor mag
Vintage Vaudville - vintage comedy history and a rare RealAudio sounds
AprilFools.com - the year-round, gag central of the web
Greg Dean's College of Comedy Knowledge - everything you ever wanted to know about stand-up comedy but didn't know where to ask
The World of the Insane - just what is says
A Very Funny Place... REALLY! - a good comedy website
The Funny Firm - comedy for use by radio personalities, writers, and public speakers UK Laughter Links - a great source for British comedy sites
Friday Night Improvs - live from Pittsburg!
Comedy Central - too many reruns, but Dr. Katz is worth the cable bill
Laughing Matters - funny comedy troupe
Soundbites - news, satire & comedy in RealAudio
Radio Theater - a resource for contemporary and classic radio theater.
Animation Nerd's Paradise - everything about the world of animated cartoons and more
Animation World Magazine - a good resource
The Toon Tracker- home of the lost cartoons
Davey and Goliath - not just a religious story, but good stop-motion animation with a good, unpredictable story
The Corporation - "satirical humor in a conglomerate vein"
Warner Bros. - at their best
Hanna Barbera - more to enjoy
Hanna Barbera Studio
Like TV - Classic TV Site

Modern Television - Interesting links and articles
Censored Cartoon Page
Toon Tracker Video Page & Top Sites ont eh web
Distinguished Women of Past and Present - Stage and Screen

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Humor Writers

 

William Shakespeare - why not start with the greatest comedy writer who ever lived
Robert Benchley - one of the great humorists of our century
Larry Gelbert
Steve Martin - has gotten better with age; we love him in "LA Story"

 

 

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