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BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy presented by Larry Adler
1: Funny Lot, the Americans
MAN WITH GUN: Your money or your life!
JACK BENNY : I'm thinking it over.
With the help of America's top comedians. LARRY discusses the differences between our humour and theirs. lily TOMLIN: I worry that the man who invented muzak may be working on something else. Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy.
Presented by Larry Adler 2: You Start by Loving Them
DANNY THOMAS : Sometimes its like conducting a symphony. Sometimes its like fighting the bull.
America top comedians discuss the art of stand-up comedy.
MILTON BERLE : I remember you, lady. You heckled me 20 years ago. I never forget a dress! Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy.
Presented by Larry Adler 3: Take my Wife - Please America's top comedians discuss the art of the one-liner.
HENRY YOUNGMAN : I've SOlved the parking problem -I've bought a parked car. RICHARD NIXON On Laugh-in: Sock it to me.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD : I feel terribly sorry for short people. When it rains they're the last ones who know.
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 4: Nothing Sacred
America's top comedians discuss humour with a point - the art of satire. Compiler MICHAEL POINTON Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 3

Critics' Forum

A weekly discussion on cinema, theatre, books, broadcasting and the visual arts
Paul Barker (in the Chair), talks with John Hollander. Marghanita Laski and Bryan Robert -son
This week's subjects: Kingsley Amis's novel Russian Hide and Seek: drawings by David Smith at the Serpentine Gallery; Derek Jarman 's film version of The Tempest, The Hothouse by Harold Pin ter at the Hampstead Theatre; and the Radio 2 Tuesday night series The American Way of Laughs. Producer PHILIP FRENCH
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 5: Wild and Crazy Guys
'You could switch your nose with your belly-button, but your dress would fly up every time you sneezed.' (GALLAGHER) Ever since the Pilgrim Fathers, every American has had the right to be a little odd....
I I say to anybody that's insane, never be ashamed of it. Especially if you're making a living at it.'
(JONATHAN WINTERS)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy.
Presented by Larry Adler 6: Minority Shminority!
' A " nebbish is someone who knocks things off tables. A " schlemiel " is the guy who picks them Up.' (LEO ROSTEN ) This week, Larry looks at Jewish humour, negro humour. Latino humour and the ' Polack ' joke.
' My daughter said to me, " I don't believe in Santa Claus. No white man's gonna come down to our neighbourhood after midnight " '
(DICK GREGORY)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy.
Presented by Larry Adler 7: Backbone of the Business
When an underdeveloped country began to get television, within one year, half the girl babies were named Lucy.'
(MILT JOSEFSBERG)
Lucille Ball. Phil Silvers. Dick Van Dyke , Alan Alda and many more discuss the evolution of the situation comedy.
' On Three's Company they're selling one minute of commercial time for 300,000 dollars. The profit is staggering.'
(LARRY GELBART)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Research BARBRA PASKIN Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 8: Bleep That!
In this final programme. Larry looks at censorship in comedy, from vaudeville to Las Vegas.
' I think four-letter words are fabulous, and I love to use them.' (JOAN RIVERS) ' I just say everything there is to say. that's all.'
(MEL BROOKS)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy presented by Larry Adler.
1: Funny Lot The Americans
Man with gun: ' Your money or your life! ' Jack Benny : ' I'm thinking it over.' With the help of America's top comedians. Larry discusses the differences between our humour and theirs.
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer
PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy presented by Larry Adler.
2: You Start by Loving Them
' Sometimes it's like conducting a symphony. Sometimes it's like fighting a bull.' (DANNY THOMAS ) America's top comedians discuss the art of stand-up comedy.
' I remember you, Lady. You heckled me 20 years ago. I never forget a dress.' (MILTON DERLE) Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
11.2 Sports Desk
From Wembley, DEREK THOMPSON reports on the Horse of the Year Show
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transattantic comedy presented by Larry Adler.
3: Take My Wife - Please America's top comedians discuss the art of the one-liner...
'I've solved the parking problem - I've bought a parked car.'
(HENNY YOUNGMAN )
'I feel terribly sorry for short people. When it rains, they're the last ones who know.'
(RODNEY DANGERFIELD)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy presented by Larry Adler.
4: Nothing Sacred
' The problem is that outrage in its natural state is not too saleable '
(STAN FREBERG )
America's top comedians discuss humour with a point - the art of the satirist.
' guess I'm a guy who says how he feels '
(MORT SAHL)
'The word " however cannot appear in satire'
(TOM LEHRER)
Compijed by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

A guided tour of transatlantic comedy presented by Larry Adler.
5: Wild and Crazy Guys
Ever since the Pilgrim Fathers, every American has had the right to be a little odd ...
I say to anybody that's insane, never be ashamed of it Especially if you're making a living at it.'
(JONATHAN WINTERS)
Compiled by MICHAEL POINTON
Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 6: Minority Shminonly!
This week Larry looks at Jewish humour. negro humour. Latino humour and the . Polack ' joke. Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 7: Backbone of the Business
LUCILLE BALL, PHIL SILVERS , DICK VAN DYKE , ALAN ALDA and many more discuss the evolution of the situation comedy.
Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester
11.2 Sports Desk from Wembley, GERALD WILLIAMS reports on the Benson and Hedges tennis tournament.
BBC Radio 2

The American Way of Laughs

Presented by Larry Adler 8: Bleep That!
' My wig flew off, I looked at "the camera and said, "This is the first time I've been bald on television! " ' (JUDY CARNE) In this final programme, Larry looks at censorship in comedy, from vaudeville to Las Vegas. Producer PETER EVERETT
BBC Manchester






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