Content tagged 'Comedy'
Live On The Sunset Strip (Album of the Day)
With his finger on such hot-button issues as race, sex and religion, Richard Pryor was among the most controversial comedians of the 20th century – and one of the funniest. A string of hit albums, TV and movie appearances propelled him into the stratosphere, though in June, 1980, he nearly flamed out in a freebase cocaine binge. In typical fashion, Pryor mined the incident for comedy gold on LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP, along with personal (and sometimes profane) takes on such topics as “Women” “Prison” and “Africa,” as well as a visit from recurring character Mudbone. The collection and its companion film were drawn from comeback performances at the Hollywood Palladium and the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California, and show Richard Pryor to be a stand-up without peer. The famed funnyman was born on this day in 1940, and we salute him with the Grammy-winning LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP.
Spook Along With Zacherly (Album of the Day)
John Zacherle became a sensation in the late 1950s hosting such horror movie showcases as Shock Theater and Chiller Theater on East Coast television. To capitalize on this success, the performer made a trip to the recording studio to cut his first album, SPOOK ALONG WITH ZACHERLEY. A spoof of the Sing Along With Mitch TV show, the 1960 Elektra collection was produced by Stan Rhodes and Gerald Alters, and features the cool ghoul accompanied by an orchestra. The 11 fun-filled tracks include “Coolest Little Monster,” “Transylvania P.T.A.” and “Zacherley For President” (it was an election year – where are candidates like this nowadays?). In honor of Halloween, we invite you to fire up your jack o' lantern and SPOOK ALONG WITH ZACHERLEY.