Monday, March 30, 2015
And This Blog Loves Bob & Ray
Yes, comedy is our beat at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog and we consider these two guys easily among the funniest human beings to ever have walked the earth - the great Bob & Ray!
And if the dyed-in-the-wool comedy geek who writes this blog ever forgets that salient truth for a moment, he immediately watches "the cranberry bit". . .
Then, it's time to listen to all of the audio clips posted on the Bob & Ray website.
And then consider, just as another example, their "Komodo Dragon" routine:
RAY: Tonight we’re talking to Darrel Dexter, the Komodo-dragon expert, from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Say, doctor, would you tell us a little bit about the Komodo dragon?
BOB: Happy to! The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest living lizard. It’s a ferocious carnivore found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo, in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian archipelago, and the nearby islands of Rintja, Padar, and Flores.
RAY: Where do they come from?
BOB: [Mystified pause.] The Komodo dragon, world’s largest living lizard, is found on the island of Komodo, in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago, and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. We have two in this country that were given to us some years ago by the late former Premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, and they reside in the National Zoo, in Washington.
RAY: I, ah, believe I read somewhere, where a foreign potentate gave America some Komodo dragons. Is that true?
BOB: [Pause.] Yes. The former Premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, gifted our country with two Komodo dragons—the world’s largest living lizards—and they reside at the National Zoo, in Washington.
RAY: Well, now, if we wanted to take the youngsters to see a Komodo dragon—where would we take them?
The team had a TV show in 1951-1953 which is quite funny and consistent with their work through a four decade career.
Note, among the supporting talent, the presence of ace comedienne Audrew Meadows!
Bob & Ray, as did Stan Freberg, contributed their voices and creativity to some of the funniest TV commercials.
For more. . . check out this New Yorker article, Looking Back At Bob And Ray by Joshua Rothman and Don M. Yowp's piece Were Bob & Ray A Success? earlier this month from Tralfaz.
And of course, last but not least, all the good stuff from Bob And Ray.com.
Always liked their radio show signoff: "I'm Ray, saying write if you get work - and I'm Bob reminding you to hang by your thumbs!"