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Moms Mabley Live at The "UN"

After years in vaudeville and touring under the Theatre Owners Booking Assocation (also known as the 'Chitlin' Circuit'); writing a Broadway show, for a black cast, with Zora Neale Hurston in 1931; becoming the first African-American female to perform at The Apollo in 1939; taking bi

Moms Mabley Live at The "UN"

Moms Mabley

After years in vaudeville and touring under the Theatre Owners Booking Assocation (also known as the 'Chitlin' Circuit'); writing a Broadway show, for a black cast, with Zora Neale Hurston in 1931; becoming the first African-American female to perform at The Apollo in 1939; taking bit parts in Hollywood "race films" in the 40s, Loretta May Aiken (aka Jackie Mabley) crossed over with 'mainstream' (read: white) audiences during the comedy record boom of the 1960s (when she was actually becoming the age of her long-standing character). Her political content was apparently more easily digestible in the guise of an old lady.

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This is a Recording (1971)

After leaving the wildly popular television show Laugh-In, Tomlin continued here with her Ernestine the Telephone Operator while providing commentary outside of character as well.

This is a Recording (1971)

Lily Tomlin

After leaving the wildly popular television show Laugh-In, Tomlin continued here with her Ernestine the Telephone Operator while providing commentary outside of character as well. While she would make a few more records, she would move-on to roles in films, television, and award-winning stage shows co-written by her life-partner and wife Jane Wagner.

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A Wild & Crazy Guy (1978)

This double-platinum record features one side performed at a small San Francisco venue (where his meta-silliness of his debut, Let's Get Small, was recorded) and the other at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, signaling his rise to stardom in the process. Also, features the novelty hit "King Tut".

A Wild & Crazy Guy (1978)

Steve Martin

This double-platinum record features one side performed at a small San Francisco venue (where his meta-silliness of his debut, Let's Get Small, was recorded) and the other at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, signaling his rise to stardom in the process. Also, features the novelty hit "King Tut".

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The Complete Albums 1960-62

Newhart's first four records are collected here (though the tracks are a bit out-of-order when streaming), the first of which, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, introduces his classic one-sided conversational stand-up routines (Some of the most notable of later records are staged as a phone call). The master of deadpan delivery.

The Complete Albums 1960-62

Bob Newhart

Newhart's first four records are collected here (though the tracks are a bit out-of-order when streaming), the first of which, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, introduces his classic one-sided conversational stand-up routines (Some of the most notable of later records are staged as a phone call). The master of deadpan delivery.

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No Respect (1980)

Jacob Rodney Cohen, later Jack Roy, used to literally sell jokes out of the trunk of his car, but rose to be one of the most recognizable comics of the 80s. His act was a defined persona that many were surprised to be much different than the thoughtful, real-life guy. He was also personally responsible for finding a guy named Jim Carrey.

No Respect (1980)

Rodney Dangerfield

Jacob Rodney Cohen, later Jack Roy, used to literally sell jokes out of the trunk of his car, but rose to be one of the most recognizable comics of the 80s. His act was a defined persona that many were surprised to be much different than the thoughtful, real-life guy. He was also personally responsible for finding a guy named Jim Carrey.

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Uncensored (1980)

There have been countless Redd Foxx re-packaged releases over the years, because he rarely had control of, or received proper payment for, them. This is one of those, but it contains a good selection of his more 'blue' material he was known for in his famed 'underground' performances. For a less crude, but still sharp, mainstream-approved Foxx, try his 1966 major label debut.

Uncensored (1980)

Redd Foxx

There have been countless Redd Foxx re-packaged releases over the years, because he rarely had control of, or received proper payment for, them. This is one of those, but it contains a good selection of his more 'blue' material he was known for in his famed 'underground' performances. For a less crude, but still sharp, mainstream-approved Foxx, try his 1966 major label debut. Or just watch Sanford & Son.

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Party of One (1986)

While she was working as a singing waitress at The Improvisation in NYC, her friend Andy Kaufman told her she should try doing stand-up.

Party of One (1986)

Elayne Boosler

While she was working as a singing waitress at The Improvisation in NYC, her friend Andy Kaufman told her she should try doing stand-up. She was one of the first to tackle female topics her influences wouldn't have been able to do as openly and helped influence the perspective of many (female) stand-up comics after her; With this set she was the first female comic to have an hour-long special on cable television (because she produced it herself). As she mentions in the successful special, she did this because television executives told her no one wanted to see a woman do comedy on TV.

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A Night at The Met (1986)

Williams' first live record and his first newly clean from cocaine addiction (which he, of course, has a bit about). This is more practiced and less manic, stream-of- consciousness than it may appear. Still, it's a hilarious capsule of time directly before he truly became a film star (and a few months after the first of many Comic Relief benefit events).

A Night at The Met (1986)

Robin Williams

Williams' first live record and his first newly clean from cocaine addiction (which he, of course, has a bit about). This is more practiced and less manic, stream-of- consciousness than it may appear. Still, it's a hilarious capsule of time directly before he truly became a film star (and a few months after the first of many Comic Relief benefit events).

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The Next to Last Joan Rivers Record (1969)

She probably paved the way for female stand-up comedians more than anyone aside from Phyllis Diller (or the aforementioned Moms Mabley). There's a lot of talking to, rather at, the audience here and it is Marvelous. Also, the title is accurate; she released one other album in 1983, but no more after that (on vinyl anyway).

The Next to Last Joan Rivers Record (1969)

Joan Rivers

She probably paved the way for female stand-up comedians more than anyone aside from Phyllis Diller (or the aforementioned Moms Mabley). There's a lot of talking to, rather at, the audience here and it is Marvelous. Also, the title is accurate; she released one other album in 1983, but no more after that (on vinyl anyway).

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Dangerous (1990)

Bill Hicks was a confrontational jackass. He was also a true comedic philosopher. His confessional offensiveness was meant to provoke (your) thought. While he only officially released two records (this being the first) before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer in 1994, he left behind a trove of still relevant material. See also the documentary American.

Dangerous (1990)

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks was a confrontational jackass. He was also a true comedic philosopher. His confessional offensiveness was meant to provoke (your) thought. While he only officially released two records (this being the first) before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer in 1994, he left behind a trove of still relevant material. See also the documentary American. Also, fans of Denis Leary should know how he basically made his name by stealing parts of his friends' act.

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