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December 31, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
Listening each week to your show, I hear a faint echo of one of my very early heroes; Stan Freberg. Especially during performances of your radio players, I can almost imagine the voices of Daws Butler and June Foray.
I was wondering if the two of you have ever met, collaborated, or discussed satirical comedy.
Falls Church VA
I never met Mr. Freberg but I admired his hornrim glasses and saw him once at a distance, receiving an award at some big dinner or other. I liked his stuff okay but thought he was not nearly so subtle and subversive and wonderful as Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding. Bob & Ray were radio guys and my impression of Stan Freberg was that he was an advertising guy who was moonlighting. And he had some big hit records and maybe success dulled some of his stuff. He made some albums with big orchestras, actors, etc. Bob and Ray worked in small studios with crummy recorded music and sound-effects and played all the parts themselves. They never suffered from too much success although they did have a Broadway show, "The Two and Only," that did pretty well. For some reason, I warmed to them more, maybe because they had started out where I did, as DJs doing a regular daily on-air shift. And they pretty much avoided jokes, which set them apart back then. I don't know that anything we do on PHC would remind anybody of Bob & Ray though I do think they would've liked "Crispy the Rescue Dog" and the sound-effects stuff. And a few weeks ago we stole outright their "Slow Talker" routine for a Guy Noir episode about walleye.