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30 review for From Approximately Coast to Coast ... It's the Bob and Ray Show

  1. 4 out of 5

    Greg Brozeit

    Mention my name in Sheboygan... So sad to learn of Bob Elliott's death on Feb. 2, 2016. Bob & Ray were pioneers and their humor remains timeless. I doubt there were any greater influences on American comedy. They weren't afraid to take on serious issues like McCarthyism, political hypocrisy, and social change. I own at least 50 hours of their recordings ranging from their early radio broadcasts in the 1940s through the mid-1980s before Ray Goulding died. Been spending the day laughing my rear end Mention my name in Sheboygan... So sad to learn of Bob Elliott's death on Feb. 2, 2016. Bob & Ray were pioneers and their humor remains timeless. I doubt there were any greater influences on American comedy. They weren't afraid to take on serious issues like McCarthyism, political hypocrisy, and social change. I own at least 50 hours of their recordings ranging from their early radio broadcasts in the 1940s through the mid-1980s before Ray Goulding died. Been spending the day laughing my rear end off. Here is a sampling of some classics: S.T.O.A. Wally Ballou reports from The Great Lakes Paperclip Company Biff Burns reports on Low Jumping Competition Fred Faldie the Home Handy Man History of United States Author Barry Campbell interview/Governor candidate on Letterman Live at Carnegie Hall Rest in Peace, Bob. And write if you get work. Original Review: Bob & Ray are among the funniest, most intelligent humorists America has ever produced. If you can find a copy of this book or get copies of ANY of their recordings, get 'em.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Freder

    In order to enjoy this, you have to have heard or watched these gents perform, and have their voices in your head. It's an imperfect record of their talents... but it'll do until definitive audio or video collections of their work become available...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Milt

    -ly good, Ballou. large print, good laughs

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    I've owned this book for close to 20 years now, I guess, and I re-read it every two or three years. Bob & Ray are "native" to radio, and that's where they work best. But they are dry and verbal enough that if you're familiar with their style, the script format will not be too much of a stretch for you. Highlights for me include the Monongahela, Forbush and Einbiender ads; Author Alfred E. Nelson; and the Ambiguous Signs. Their well-known Slow Talkers of America and Komodo Dragon Expert bits are h I've owned this book for close to 20 years now, I guess, and I re-read it every two or three years. Bob & Ray are "native" to radio, and that's where they work best. But they are dry and verbal enough that if you're familiar with their style, the script format will not be too much of a stretch for you. Highlights for me include the Monongahela, Forbush and Einbiender ads; Author Alfred E. Nelson; and the Ambiguous Signs. Their well-known Slow Talkers of America and Komodo Dragon Expert bits are here as well. Many recurring characters like Fred Falvy and Wally Ballou are here, and there are several installments of Garish Summit and other spoofs on dramatic radio and TV shows. I don't know how it impacts the particular works in this book, but it's worth noting that they used and worked with other (usually uncredited, sometimes unpaid) writers for much of their material. Examples are Tom Koch, Raymond Knight, and Jack Beauvais.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Difficult to read cover-to-cover, since the skits and fake ads are really meant to be enjoyed at leisure. But taken one by one as a respite, they're great. I prefer the ads and show parodies ("Garish Summit") to the interviews, but all except the Charlie Chan parody made me smile. Recommended, of course, only if you think they're funny. Here's a test: does the word "ingots" make you giggle a little? Then you will love them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I found a copy of "From Approximately Coast to Coast..." in my neighborhood "Little Free Library," and grabbed it and began reading right there on the spot. And started laughing, remembering so many of the slightly-off characters from way back when. I'm a fan. "So, until next time, this is Biff Burns saying: 'Until next time, this is Biff Burns saying "Goodnight."'"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane Lebak

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    Brett

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    Marly Lemanski

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chitownslug

  11. 4 out of 5

    James Inman

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert Gomez

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben Schaffer

  14. 4 out of 5

    Critter Reyome

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill Yarrow

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    Dave

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Knepp

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    Joe

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    Carol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Albert Tippy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Craig Pittman

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert Gerard

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    Michael Miller

  27. 4 out of 5

    valerie fleming

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martin Stevens

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