Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Personsby David Pollock
(Applause Books). By the established comedy conventions of their era, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were true game changers. Never playing to the balcony, Bob and Ray instead entertained each other. Because they believed in their nuanced characters and absurd premises, their audience did, too. Their parodies broadcasting about broadcasting existed in their own special universe. A complete absence of show-biz slickness set them apart from the very institution they were mocking, yet were still a part of. They resisted being called comedians and never considered themselves "an act." Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons traces the origins and development of the pair's unique sensibility that defined their dozens of local and network radio and TV series, later motion picture roles, Carnegie Hall performances, and hit Broadway show Bob and Ray The Two and Only . Together for 43 years (longer than Laurel and Hardy, Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello, and Martin and Lewis), the twosome deflected all intrusions into the personalities behind their many masks and the dynamics of their relationship, and rarely elaborated on their career trajectory or methodology. Now, with the full cooperation of Bob Elliott and of Ray Goulding's widow, Liz, together with insights from numerous colleagues, their craft and the culture that made them so relevant is explored in depth.
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Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Persons is an intensive book that covers every aspect of Bob and Ray. The first third of the book explains how Bob and Ray became to be, their work and thought processes. The next third goes into their business dealings. Their decisions to be on Broadway dispite their feeling their act did not translate to that medium. Their fears were unfounded. The final third is devoted to Ray's illness and death that finally broke up the act. Also Bob's decision as a solo guest on certain television shows in the 1970s and 1980s. David Pollack delves into the Elliott and Goulding families as well with their thoughts and feelings of their father's careers and life with them even though when young they had no idea what their father's did for a living. The book was easy to read. I laughed in the beginning and cried at the end. I loved it.