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Marc Maron Presents Classic Showbiz with Kliph Nesteroff
33 minutes | 4 years ago
Chapter 4: Far Out
Psychedelics have long been associated with the music of the Sixties, but seldom mentioned is its influence on stand-up comedy from Lord Buckley to George Carlin, The Smothers Brothers to Richard Pryor. This chapter emphasizes the positive influence LSD had on the comic mind.Episode features comedians George Carlin, Marc Maron, Chris Rush, screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Lord Buckley’s daughter Laurie, and more.
31 minutes | 4 years ago
Chapter 3: Moms Mabley: Agitation in Moderation
Moms Mabley was one of the very first women to do stand-up comedy. But due to the fact that she was Black, gay and female, her national fame came long after she was a veteran. Addressing race on stage well before the Civil Rights Era, she was beloved in the African-American community for her humor as well as her politics and unique, innocent yet gruff, demeanor. Arguably the most influential female voice in the history of stand-up comedy. Episode features new audio from Whoopi Goldberg, George Schlatter, Jimmie Walker, and others.
28 minutes | 4 years ago
Chapter 2: To Hell in Mink
The star of several comedy records, Ray Bourbon was arrested and jailed at every turn. At various times this pioneering gay comic was a millionaire, animal hoarder, and accomplice to murder. This deep dive chronicles how a gay man came to comedy prominence in the 1930s only to live out his life in a small-town Texas prison cell. Episode features queer artist/historian Seth Eisen and rare audio of Ray Bourbon's act recorded in underground clubs.
25 minutes | 4 years ago
Chapter 1: The Hood, The Schmuck & Miss New Jersey Legs
Allan Drake was one of several Mob-connected comedians in mid-century America. His connections got him huge gigs at The Flamingo in Las Vegas and the Copacabana in New York. Those same connections would destroy his life and keep his name from reaching the history books.Episode features Mob-era comedians Jack Carter, Dick Curtis, Shecky Greene, and more.
2 minutes | 4 years ago
Series Trailer: Classic Showbiz with Kliph Nesteroff Coming Next Week 5/17!
Classic Showbiz with Kliph Nesteroff is a podcast mini-series chronicling the seedy underbelly, forgotten heroes, and subversive oddballs of comedy history. Hosted by the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, and executive-produced by comedian-podcaster Marc Maron, Classic Showbiz features never-before-heard audio of George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Carter, Shecky Greene, and several more. Chapters released weekly on Wednesdays, premiering 5/17.
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