David Bruce: The Funniest People in Comedy — Mothers, Music, Names, people with Handicaps, Police


• When Nancy Cartwright, the voice of TV’s Bart Simpson, was pregnant with her first child, she kept telling her midsection, “Please don’t be Bart! Please don’t be Bart!”


• Country comedian Jerry Clower sometimes toured with country singer Mel Tillis, and they had a wonderful relationship. Mr. Clower would come out first to start the show, then Mr. Tillis would come out with his act. Always, Mr. Tillis would say before the last song of the night, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get the nation’s number-one country comic back out here on stage and let you applaud him again.” Then Mr. Tillis would invite Mr. Clower to stay on stage and sing the last song with the band.

• The comedy team of Laurel and Hardy was greatly loved throughout the world. In 1953, after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had stopped making movies, they went on tour in the British Isles. When their boat came to Cobh, Ireland, the pier was lined with hundreds of Laurel and Hardy fans. As the boat docked, all the church bells in the city started ringing out Laurel and Hardy’s movie theme song. Both Laurel and Hardy cried.

• Entertaining in the days of radio could be interesting. English comic singer Anna Russell had an Aunt Bena who invited her neighbors over to listen to opera on the radio. All of her guests dressed up in formal evening clothes, and they sat in chairs arranged in rows just like they were at the opera. During intermission, they drank champagne.


• In Beverly Hills, Terry-Thomas was walking (something not often done in Beverly Hills) and noticed that each street was lined with a different variety of tree. Wondering about the name of an unfamiliar species, he stopped and asked a Mexican gardener, “I wonder if you could tell me what this is?” The gardener stopped working, stared at Terry-Thomas, then answered scornfully, “It’s a tree.”

• Robert Benchley invited writer J. Bryan III, who was from Virginia, to dinner, saying that he had invited a female companion for him. At the dinner, he introduced Mr. Bryan to a Chinese woman. “This is Miss Ching Lee,” Mr. Benchley said. “I invited her for you because you’re from Virginia, and everybody from Virginia is related to the Lees.”

People with Handicaps

• When comedian Geri Jewell, whose muscle control is affected by her cerebral palsy, tried to get into a college psychology class with a door that was locked because the class was already filled with students, she first knocked on the door and then accidentally fell down some stairs. The students inside the classroom had been watching, and one informed the professor, “There’s some drunk girl out there who just fell down the stairs.” After a quick trip to the nurse’s office, Ms. Jewell again approached the psychology professor. He opened the door, looked her over, then said, “If you kids are going to take every drug on earth, why bother to come to school at all?” (After he understood the real situation, the professor became one of Ms. Jewell’s friends.)

• Jonathan Winters is a very funny comedian who has suffered from mental illness. Once, he parked in a handicapped parking space, and a woman protested, “You’re not handicapped.” Mr. Winters looked at her and said, “Lady, can you see into my mind?”


• Shortly before he had to go on stage, Groucho Marx took his new car out for a spin. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize that the traffic at that time of day would be so heavy, and he found it difficult to make it back to the theater on time for his cue. In desperation, he made an illegal turn and was stopped by a policeman. Groucho attempted to explain the situation, but the policeman didn’t believe him and said, “If you’re one of the Marx Brothers, let’s hear you say something funny.” Groucho snapped back, “If you’re a policeman, let’s see you arrest somebody.” The policeman laughed, then gave Groucho an escort to the theater.


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Music Recommendation: The Beatersband — “She Talks to Rainbow”


Music: “She Talks to Rainbow”

Album: This track is a single.

Artist: The Beatersband

Artist Location: Italy

Info: Vintage Punkrock ’n’ Roll

“The Italian band has as its goal the modernization of vocal music of the 50’s and 60’s. They do this by giving the songs new life with a Punk Rock sound while maintaining their classic soul.”

This is a cover of the Ramones song “She Talks to Rainbows.” Yes, this Italian band’s title is “She Talks to Rainbow.”

Price: €1 for track

Genre: Pop


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“She Talks to Rainbow”