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Comedy/Spoken — Recently Added

XStandup, sketches, and spoken word -- plus kids records, sports records, and even some Folkways oddities!

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

I Am The Greatest (with bonus tracks)
Columbia, 1963. New Copy
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... CD
Fantasy/Craft, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the coolest albums of poetry ever recorded – a set that features a young, pre-hippie Allen Ginsberg – delivering his epic poem Howel, plus some other key works too. The young Ginsberg's voice is great – and really fills the works with a lot of bitterness and cynicism ... LP, Vinyl record album
Spoken Arts, 1965. Sealed
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HL Mencken

Caedmon, 1957. Sealed
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RCA, 1965. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Richard & Willie

Richard's Firecracker
Laff, Early 70s. Very Good+
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Richard Pryor

Is It Something I Said?
Warner, 1975. Very Good
Pryor's really hit his stride here, and made the transition to the mainstream, though he's still a darn funny motherf*#ker. Skits include "Shortage Of White People", "New N*ggers", "Cocaine", "Mudbone", "When Your Woman Leaves You" and "Our ... LP, Vinyl record album

Geraldine (Flip Wilson)

Don't Fight The Feeling
Little David, 1972. Very Good+
Sketches and songs by Flip Wilson's Geraldine character – one of the finest moments in TV drag from the 70s! Features guest appearances by Jim Brown, Bing Crosby, Ruth Buzzy, Billy Eckstine, and Tony Randall. LP, Vinyl record album

Richard Pryor

Blackjack (aka Craps)
Laff, 1971. Sealed
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Richard Pryor

LA Jail
Tiger Lily, 1976. Very Good+
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Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller Laughs
Verve, 1961. Very Good
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La Val, Late 60s. Very Good
Jimmy Lynch does his raunchy comedy act "That Funky Tramp" before a very lively crowd at the El Grotto bar in Battle Creek, Michigan. While the album may not be as musical or all-out raunchy as the ones by Rudy Ray Moore, it is a good peek at the kind of live "party comedy" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bill Cosby

Bill's Best Friend
Capitol, 1978. Sealed
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Caedmon, 1957. Very Good
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Bert Henry

Hard Way
Fax, 1963. Sealed
Raw raunchy comedy from the great Bert Henry – in a nicely raunchy cover too! Bits include "The Roman Orgy", "Three Men & A Nude", "The Ballad Of King Size Pleasure", "The Frigid Wife", "Warm Up Pants", and "French Tidbits". LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold
The one-and-only entry in the Verbatum series from Atlantic Records – a proposed spoken word offshoot of the label – but one that only ever issued this fantastic 60s reading by Allen Ginsberg! As you might guess from the cover's beautiful photograph by Richard Avedon, Ginsberg is at ... LP, Vinyl record album

William Shatner

Transformed Man
Decca, 1968. Very Good+
Classic madness from William Shatner – a whole set of tunes performed in his famous role as Captain Kirk! The album's got a creepy sort of darkness that's hard to deny – especially as Shatner speaks, more than sings, most of the tunes on the set – giving them a very dramatic sort ... LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Miller

Life As I See It
Offbeat, Late 50s. Very Good
Conversation with Ben Grauer. LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald Speaks
Truth, 1967. Very Good+
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Malcolm X

Unstilled Voice
All Platinum, 1963. Near Mint- Gatefold
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MGM, 1958. Very Good
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Final Call, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
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Argo (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint-
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Ray Scott

Checker, Late 60s. Sealed
Ray Scott performs an extended reading of Redd Foxx's "The Prayer" – caught in a live setting that's not credited in the notes, and getting some very subtle funky backing at the bottom! Ray's voice is way up front in the mix, and the small combo that vamps and grooves are very ... LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

Great March On Washington
Motown, 1963. Near Mint-
Although Malcolm X, John Kennedy, and other 60s heroes were always unfortunately being bootlegged, and served up in weak packages, Dr. King was fortunate enough to get representation from Motown, who did a great job putting together his albums of speeches with clarity and quality. This one from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1974. Good+
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Vik, 1956. Very Good
Kind of a rock and roll parody album, but one that also has some nice aspects in the instrumentation – which makes the whole thing feel more like a stack of oddball 45s from the farther reaches of the late 50s underground! The set features assistance from The Four Fives and Will Stomp & ... LP, Vinyl record album
Riverside, 1956. Very Good-
Loud racing recordings caught live at the Sebring Grand Prix in Florida in 1956! LP, Vinyl record album
Self Realization Fellowship, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
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United Artists, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Incredible early standup work by Woody Allen – a lost side of his genius! LP, Vinyl record album
MCA, 1990. Very Good-
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CBS, 1980. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Up Front, 1960s. Very Good
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Columbia, 1968. Near Mint-
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Respect, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliche, when he appeared to be emerging as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve/Collectables, Late 60s. Used
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Raoul Hausmann

Poemes Phonetiques
Kaon (France), 1957/1959/1966. Used
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Shout Factory, 1960/1961/1962/1973/1997. Used 3CD's & DVD
Includes all 5 albums, including the late 90's 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000, plus a DVD featuring appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen shows, an animated TV special from 1975, and an interview with both comedians from 2009. CD

Danny Glover with Ladysmith Black Mambazo

How The Leopard Got His Spots
Windham Hill, 1989. Used
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Right Stuff, 1960s/1970s. Used
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Relativity, Used
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George Carlin

Class Clown
Atlantic, 1972. Used
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William S Burroughs

Dead City Radio
Island, 1990. Used
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Capitol, 2001. Used
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Robin Williams & Klezmer Conservatory Band

Fool And The Flying Ship
Rabbit Ears, 1991. Used
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Proper (UK), 1940s. Used 4 CDs
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Richard Pryor

Are You Serious???
Laff, 1976. Used
With "N!gger's Baby", "Processed Hair", "Virgins", "9 Pound Pill", "Jesse", "Movies", "Mafia", "Hillbillies", "G-D", "Grandmother", "Leroy", "bad Breath", "Deodorant", ... CD
Updated April 25, 2019

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