Bob and Ray

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mark s (mark s), Sunday, 23 November 2003 16:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

LOL!

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 23 November 2003 16:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Their best routines do a better job of reducing me to totally helpless laughter than anything else, ever. How they managed to make a living out of almost impossibly cerebral routines is quit incredible to me.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Sunday, 23 November 2003 17:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I really only know of them by reputation and one or two bits I saw growing up but away from their own particular context (the BC Xmas cartoon, the fun cameo role in Author! Author!, a film about which everyone but me seems to have forgotten). Is there a good starting place?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 23 November 2003 18:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Any routine featuing Wally Balloo.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Sunday, 23 November 2003 18:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and buy any hudson and landry record with the "Ajax Liquor Store" bit on it. and any nichols and may album with "More Gauze" included.

scott seward, Sunday, 23 November 2003 18:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I cannot groove to Nichols and May.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Sunday, 23 November 2003 19:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've never heard any of these guys' work, but they already have one big strike against them:

http://www.geocities.com/treelobe/main.jpg

Dan I., Sunday, 23 November 2003 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They invented the red X! No, more like this guy:
http://movieweb.com/movie/somemary/coa.jpg

Dan I., Sunday, 23 November 2003 22:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dude! but these people are selling an mp3 CD with like 15 hours of B&R material on it for $5!

http://www.otrcat.com/bobray.htm

Dan I., Sunday, 23 November 2003 22:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not, you know, legally or anything.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's an episode for download here: http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/bobandray.htm

I have only listened to the first few minutes of it, though, so I don't know if it's classic or not (I tend to listen to this stuff while going to sleep, and always miss the ending).

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I honestly never thought I'd see this thread unless I started it. Bravo, mark s!

I think Minnesota Public Radio used to sometimes play episodes of their '50s shows. I would always try to tune in.

Anytime Ray impersonates a woman, it's classic. I always picture Benny Hill or Jonathan Winters in drag, even if the woman is supposed to be young and/or beautiful.

"ly Ballou speaking." --- also classic.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Revive! Ah, such brilliance. J0hn is pretty much completely OTM. The link higher up has some great stuff in it, esp. Garish Summit.

"I can just imagine Agatha's reaction when she reads this ransom note. . ."

"Well, as you can imagine, my reaction to this ransom note is very negative."

Of course, it's about 100 times funnier in the Agatha voice.


Most inspired show title: Fern Ock Veek, Sickly Whale Oil Industrialist (the story of a UCLA coed who seeks a new and more pointless life in the Alaskan wilderness).

clotpoll (Clotpoll), Friday, 28 July 2006 19:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

http://www.archive.org/details/otr_bobandray

Eric H., Monday, 23 July 2007 03:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Thank you. And thank you, DownThemAll. *begins*

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 July 2007 03:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

The 1959 shows are a wonderous peak. Great stuff all around in there.

Eric H., Monday, 23 July 2007 03:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I really need to get a computer for this shit. Tho I have vinyl and CASSETTES of their stuff.

I also used to listen to them on WOR when I was very very young.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 23 July 2007 13:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow, thanks Eric!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 23 July 2007 14:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I bought this for $15 yesterday:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2705359989_ae763d3556.jpg?v=0

Dr Morbius, Monday, 27 October 2008 13:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

bob and ray, both gay

burt_stanton, Monday, 27 October 2008 13:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

can anyone suggest where to begin with the archive link above?

MacElby's Puddin'© (stevie), Monday, 27 October 2008 15:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmahLN6_Ozw

clotpoll, Sunday, 4 October 2009 12:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

holy shit I have tears streaming down my face from that one

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Sunday, 4 October 2009 12:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

"a 99-year sweetheart contract"

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 October 2009 16:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

These guys are unsurpassable.

Aimless, Sunday, 4 October 2009 17:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol beautiful, tho Ray does initially muff the "12 dollars" line as "12 boxes"

"We don't pry into the personal lives..."

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 October 2009 18:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

"We don't pry into the personal lives..."

high five, this was the line that pretty much had me on the floor this morning

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Sunday, 4 October 2009 20:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

just remembered to upload this - Just Fancy Dan, Barber of Hartsdale. I think it's from around 1950.

http://www.zshare.net/audio/6656146682369232/

clotpoll, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 10:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

a classic, done here on Flip Wilson's show in the early '70s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_8u1VHCPZ8

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 02:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

NBC, 1979:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KxlCqOB0bk

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:54 (six years ago) Permalink

AWESOME. is that from snl?

the world is just a racist onion (stevie), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I remember everybody I knew telling me about that SNL skit the week after I aired but I never saw it until the YouTube era, so it had a little trouble living up to the legend. So I see Paul S and Will Lee behind Bob and Ray, were they in the SNL band at that point, I can't remember. Did they ever sleep? Or maybe that was before Letterman.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

That is from a special centered on Bob & Ray that aired live in SNL's time slot:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078888/

(It's from '79 not '81, despite what the iMdB says.)

Yes, Shaffer and Lee were in the SNL band at that time. Three years before Letterman debuted on late night.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Imdb gives writing credit to Woody Allen's producer?

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Jean Doumanian was Lorne Michaels' assoc producer on SNL at that time, then went on to become lead producer on the disastrous fall '80 half-season. That's what she's famous for, to me.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:26 (six years ago) Permalink

is that bob and ray special on one of the snl season boxes?? it seems hella familiar...

the world is just a racist onion (stevie), Sunday, 19 February 2012 17:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't believe so

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 February 2012 18:17 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
two years pass...

they play assorted media stars in Cold Turkey, the only film directed by Norman Lear (screens in NYC this week)

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:40 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

revive for Labor Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQna34cbPpg

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 01:38 (two years ago) Permalink

I have been giggling helplessly at "we don't pry into the personal lives of our employees" for nearly four decades now

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 01:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Giggling helplessly at Webley Webster's crusty sea captain book review reenactments for two decades.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 03:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Their character known as "The Worst Person in the World" (a reference to New York magazine theatre critic John Simon

Thumbs up on that one.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 03:52 (two years ago) Permalink

i wonder what kinda review Simon gave their Broadway show

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 11:07 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Just announced: RIP Bob Elliott:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/arts/television/bob-elliott-of-bob-and-ray-comedy-fame-dies-at-92.html

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 17:41 (two years ago) Permalink

awww damn

a singular comedic talent

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

RIP. co-sign this from up-thread:

Their best routines do a better job of reducing me to totally helpless laughter than anything else, ever.

soref, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

I also used to listen to them on WOR when I was very very young.

― Dr Morbius, Monday, July 23, 2007

^btw this was a commercial afternoon drive-time show, 3-7 every weekday! Can you imagine? They did it '73-76.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 18:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Hoped this wasn't the reason for the revive but kinda figured it would be. 92 is a good run. RIP Bob.

Chortles And Guffaws (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 18:01 (two years ago) Permalink

RIP

Glissendorfin' Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 18:25 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV2pS1-sNzI

"Apparently you take me for a complete fool."
"Yeah, more or less."

JoeStork, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

“By the time we discovered we were introverts, it was too late to do anything about it."

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

my parents were total stans for Bob & Ray! we need Wally Ballou covering the current presidential campaign

an emotionally withholding exterminator (m coleman), Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:10 (two years ago) Permalink

def remember them doing this Ballou for Mayor bit on WOR in the '70s

http://www.bobandray.com/albums/wb1.html

i know he ran on the Con-Fusion party line

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 February 2016 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

From early in their career, this one gets me every time:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E5l_vuzn6e4

JoeStork, Monday, 12 February 2018 03:59 (one week ago) Permalink


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