On today’s edition of From the Vault we turn to the subject that brings smiles all-around… humor! In 2010, the Pacifica Radio Archives decided to incorporate humor as an official subject into our two-day national broadcast and fundraiser. Special project producers Haunani Singer and Curtis Metcalf combed the vault and they came up with some wonderful examples of humor in the progressive movement. Some of the names you might expect like superstar comedians like Lily Tomlin, George Carlin and Groucho Marx. But we also included people who may not have mad a living in the field of comedy, but were humorists just the same… names like Molly Ivins, Mort Sahl, Studs Terkel, Quentin Crisp, Jessica Mitford, Kate Clinton and John Lennon. Naturally, though, we begin this show with perhaps Pacifica’s most famous alumnus, Richard Pryor, who lent his voice to KPFA’s fund drive in the summer of 1971.
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.
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