The Very Best of Bob and Ray: Legends of Comedy

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Before Bob & Ray, comedians told jokes. After Bob & Ray, they told stories. When they first got together in 1946 on WHDH-AM Boston, no one guessed that their subtle, intelligent, deadpan brand of humor would revolutionize the comedic landscape.

With a gift for an improvisation and a keen understanding of the absurd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding created a universe of wonderful characters and rewrote the rules for what’s funny. Consider any important comedy star since—Bob ...

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Overview

Before Bob & Ray, comedians told jokes. After Bob & Ray, they told stories. When they first got together in 1946 on WHDH-AM Boston, no one guessed that their subtle, intelligent, deadpan brand of humor would revolutionize the comedic landscape.

With a gift for an improvisation and a keen understanding of the absurd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding created a universe of wonderful characters and rewrote the rules for what’s funny. Consider any important comedy star since—Bob Newhart, Garrison Keillor, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld—and you can hear the debt to Bob & Ray.

This collection honors the two and only with selections from their early years (1950s, ’60s, and ’70s) and public radio years (’80s), their 1984 Carnegie Hall performances, and previously unreleased archival recordings.

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“Fans of Bob and Ray’s timeless wit and intelligent humor will rejoice . . . Priceless listening.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615730995
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 5 hours on 4 CDs
  • Sales rank: 537,153
  • Product dimensions: 2.80 (w) x 2.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

BOB ELLIOTT was a disk jockey at Boston’s WHDH when he met newscaster RAY GOULDING in 1946. The two men teamed up for a daily show on WHDH’s Matinee With Bob & Ray. In July 1951, Bob and Ray left Boston for New York. Over the next three decades, The Bob and Ray Show appeared on NBC, CBS, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and New York stations WINS, WOR and WHN. Their last series, a weekly program for National Public Radio, ran from 1982 to 1987. Ray Goulding died on March 24, 1990. The Bob and Ray Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

BOB ELLIOTT was a disk jockey at Boston’s WHDH when he met newscaster RAY GOULDING in 1946. The two men teamed up for a daily show on WHDH’s Matinee With Bob & Ray. In July 1951, Bob and Ray left Boston for New York. Over the next three decades, The Bob and Ray Show appeared on NBC, CBS, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and New York stations WINS, WOR and WHN. Their last series, a weekly program for National Public Radio, ran from 1982 to 1987. Ray Goulding died on March 24, 1990. The Bob and Ray Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

BOB ELLIOTT was a disk jockey at Boston’s WHDH when he met newscaster RAY GOULDING in 1946. The two men teamed up for a daily show on WHDH’s Matinee With Bob & Ray. In July 1951, Bob and Ray left Boston for New York. Over the next three decades, The Bob and Ray Show appeared on NBC, CBS, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and New York stations WINS, WOR and WHN. Their last series, a weekly program for National Public Radio, ran from 1982 to 1987. Ray Goulding died on March 24, 1990. The Bob and Ray Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

BOB ELLIOTT was a disk jockey at Boston’s WHDH when he met newscaster RAY GOULDING in 1946. The two men teamed up for a daily show on WHDH’s Matinee With Bob & Ray. In July 1951, Bob and Ray left Boston for New York. Over the next three decades, The Bob and Ray Show appeared on NBC, CBS, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and New York stations WINS, WOR and WHN. Their last series, a weekly program for National Public Radio, ran from 1982 to 1987. Ray Goulding died on March 24, 1990. The Bob and Ray Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

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