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GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
February 4, 2016  | By Jonathan Storm  | 1 comment
 
Bob Elliott, half of the legendary, semi-absurdist comedy duo of Bob & Ray, died Tuesday (2/2) at the age of 92. He and Ray Goulding were radio legends, starting at Boston’s WHDH in 1946. But they did TV, too. They had their own show, 1951-53, and appeared in various incarnations for nearly 40 years. Elliott’s son, Chris, and granddaughter, Abby, were both in the cast of Saturday Night Live, and Bob and Ray appeared on the show in its early days and in a 1979 special with female founders Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman. Here’s an audio clip of one of their most famous bits: “Slow Talkers of America.” Enjoy… – Jonathan Storm

 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Most folks have forgotten them and only a select few are old enough to remember them doing afternoon radio on WOR-NYC in the 1970s. Mary Backstage,Noble Wife,Wally Ballou being cut off and so many other bits worth hearing are out there in addition to the Saturday night Live special,etc. Larry Josephson has their tapes at bobandray.com if you care to hear them at their best.
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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