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Finally, the hard-to-find, much-in-demand 1979 Casablanca compilation debuts on CD! Stand-Up Comic, recorded from 1964-68, catches Allen at his wry, irreverent, self-deprecating best, exploring themes of his unhappy childhood and his swingin' '60s bachelor lifestyle. This timeless material appeals to new as well as original Woody Allen fans and makes a great companion to Allen's best-selling coffee table book, the Best of Woody Allen.
Compiled from Woody Allen's legendary standup routines of the mid 1960s, Standup Comic is an absolute necessity for any acolyte of the man's solid work from his Casino Royale and New Yorker phase.
"Here's a good example of oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, and she said 'No.'"
Between a youthful stint as a TV gag man and his groundbreaking films of the 1970s, Allen tried his hand at standup. He was, predictably, a success. Taken from nightclub dates in 1964, '65, and '68, Standup Comic shows how stylistically similar he was to contemporaries like Bill Cosby but also how his absurd flights of imagination made him utterly unique.
"I took a puff of the wrong cigarette at a fraternity dance once. The cops had to come and get me. I broke two teeth trying to give a hickey to the Statue of Liberty."
Now that he's a junior-varsity Ingmar Bergman, it's easy to forget that Allen's first public face was that of a world-class zhlub--a rumpled redhead who shared stories of analysis, sexual frustration, and failure. The long-form tales featured on Standup Comic (including Allen's famous bit featuring a moose) provide plenty of laughs as well as an early glimpse at this protean comic genius. --Mike Gerber
|1. The Vodka Ad|
|3. Second Marriage|
|4. The Great Renaldo|
|5. Mechanical Objects|
|6. The Moose|
|8. Unhappy Childhood|
|9. The Science Fiction Film|
|10. Eggs Benedict|
|11. Oral Contraception|
|12. European Trip|
|13. The Lost Generation|
|14. Private Life|
|16. The Army|
|18. My Grandfather|
|19. My Marriage|
|20. Bullet In My Breast Pocket|
See all 25 tracks on this disc
A comic genius. It was a delight to revisit some of the best comedy you are ever likely to hear.Published 3 months ago by McCall55
Woody at his finest! If you are not sure which of his albums to buy, or don't yet have this in your collection--get it. So goodPublished 4 months ago by Nathan Golden
His early stand up talent almost makes up for the ick factor of his later life.
He was very funny.
timeless comedy. For me, this is Woody Allen in his natural element: doing standup. His delivery and subject matter is timeless and perfectPublished 14 months ago by kfish
These comedy routines, primarily from the mid-60's, before Allen became involved with film, match or exceed the quality of the comedy material in his films. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FredCritic
i had a double lp of woody allen's stand-up that stood out as modern for its time. he was like the post-modern actors of that period: jack lemmon, paul newman, jane fonda, etc. Read morePublished 18 months ago by bob e.
From Woody Allen's stand-up comic days during the late '60's, this is a collection of some of his best night club humor. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by John Segarra