Monday, March 17, 2014
Jack Douglas (With the Original Cast) Recorded Live at the Bon Soir
The author of My Brother Was An Only Child and Never Trust a Naked Bus Driver does stand-up (alone), plays a snare drum (to the death), and beats City Hall (by turning the cannon around). Douglas was a primary influence on Steve Martin and a regular fill-in host on The Jack Paar Show, but his voice is more or less forgotten today, though his many autobiographical works of non-fiction survive (Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes; The Neighbors Are Scaring My Wolf; etc. etc.). Full of Douglas' classic brand of aggressive surrealism and Dada transitions, this album dates from a time when the popular comedy LP itself was just a widdle biddy thing in diapers and the average nightclubber was not the hell prepared for a heaping helping of WTF like Jack.
LP audio & art
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"Jack Douglas is to a drum what the guillotine was to Marie Antoinette." - Mitch Miller
(Quote and photo from A Funny Thing Happened To Me On My Way To The Grave. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1962)