Category:
Humor

Clay Tyson Digs the Beatniks

Clay Tyson was a stand-up comedian and a long time opening act for James Brown and the Famous Flame (and James Brown and the JBs).









Posted By: Paul - Sat May 11, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Vinyl Albums and Other Media Recordings, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

Miss Brick Throw of 1959

We've looked at the humor of DJ Rege Cordic at Radio Station KDKA in a previous post.

The home page of Rege Cordic.

But here's a stunt not covered there.

He decided to stage a gag beauty contest for "Miss Brick Throw of 1959."

It was announced in 1958 in BILLBOARD.



Eventually a winner was chosen, "Miss Twerpie Walker," and a fake magazine was printed for the occasion.









Listen to three minutes of the gag here. NOTE: sound file begins to play automatically.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 11, 2024 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Humor, Pranks, Radio, Regionalism, 1950s

Voo Doo Magazine

Would you expect the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to feature an extant humor magazine, whose first issue was published in 1919? Well, it's a fact.

You can read scores of issues here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 19, 2024 - Comments (10)
Category: Humor, Magazines, 1910s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Stan Freberg’s Chun King Commercials

Well-known for his comedy and innovative commercials, Stan Freberg outdid himself for the Chun King campaign.









If you go to YouTube, you can see a classic hour of comedy that Freberg did with Chun King as the sponsor.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 24, 2024 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Humor, Television, Advertising, 1960s

The Roller Skate Craze

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 21, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Fads, Humor, 1900s

Robert Quillen’s Monument to Eve

Robert Quillen was once a well-known humorist, but is nigh-forgotten today. However, still standing is one of his pranks. A whimsical statue dedicated to "the first woman."

Official South Carolina page on Quillen here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 20, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Humor, Newspapers, Regionalism, Religion, Statues and Monuments, Historical Figure

Humorous Songs of Abe Burrows

His Wikipedia page.




Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 20, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Music, 1940s

Two by Michael Leunig

The creator's Wikipedia page.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 14, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Satire, Cartoons, Australia

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