In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll explore an aspect of the Pacifica Radio Archives that is often overlooked — comedy. Drawing from unique programs within our collection, we are able to revisit some of the funniest folks of years past. The first selection is from a 1961 panel discussion on censorship in comedy recorded at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles — the panel includes Carl Reiner, Steve Allen, Groucho Marx, Robert Young, and Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith. (The moderator tries to start a discussion, and of course the comedians resist!) Then we’ll shift to 1968, when Pacifica Radio recorded Pat Paulsen’s 89-cent fund raising dinner –introduced by Carl Reiner — held in the midst of his satirical presidential campaign. Finally, we’re treated to the forefather of the ‘socially conscious’ comedian, Lenny Bruce, by means of a 1963 documentary on Bruce by Albert Goldman — and then from Bruce himself, in a 1963 performance entitled Lenny Bruce Comes Clean, in which he examines the comedian’s struggle for free speech on stage, reminding us of the challenges facing community media today.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.
Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Comedy:
BB4681 Pat Paulsen 89-cent Testimonial Dinner MORE INFO
BB5006 Teevee comedy panel / Groucho Marx and Steve Allen MORE INFO
BB0382 Lenny Bruce: A Profile MORE INFO
BB1120 Lenny Bruce Comes Clean MORE INFO
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