Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s
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In the late 1950s, a fresh, unconventional style of standup comedy emerged in sharp contrast to the standard "Take my wife, please" approach. It tackled such previously taboo subjects as sex, religion, drugs, and politics, and ushered in an avant-garde era of comedy that was decidedly more cerebral, satirical, and improvisational than before. Practitioners of this new art form included JONATHAN WINTERS, BILL COSBY, BOB NEWHART, SHELLEY BERMAN, and, later, RICHARD PRYOR, GEORGE CARLIN, THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS, STEVE MARTIN, ANDY KAUFMAN, and LILY TOMLIN, just to name a few.
Here are many of the maverick comedians who took those big risks years ago and paved the way for todays current crop of outrageous, in-your-face comics. Many of these rare television performances have not been seen in 30 or 40 years.
CARL REINER & MEL BROOKS (1966) JACKIE MASON (1961) BOB NEWHART (1966) SHELLEY BERMAN (1966) BILL COSBY (1965) JONATHAN WINTERS (1961) SMOTHERS BROTHERS (1974) STEVE MARTIN (1977) ROWAN & MARTIN (1964) LILY TOMLIN (1975) GEORGE CARLIN (1967 & 1975) RICHARD PRYOR (1967 & 1974) ANDY KAUFMAN (1977) HENDRA & ULLETT (1966) BILLY CRYSTAL (1976) JAY LENO (1978) DAVID LETTERMAN (1979)
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It's true that these video clips aren't "adult-only" rated, so don't expect George Carlin's "Seven Words" routine, or Richard Pryor in all his profane glory. Source material is the broadcast TV that existed long before cable made dissemination of 'R' rated stuff feasible. Fans of good, clean humor won't be disappointed however, nor will anyone seeking to reminisce about the simpler times-- when you could turn on a talk show or play a comedy album and not have to worry whether the kids might hear.
For more great story and joke telling, you can't beat THE BEST OF THE TONIGHT SHOW - STAND UP COMEDIANS with host Johnny Carson.
CONTENTS of CUTTING EDGE COMEDIANS--
[7:18]- Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
[6:49]- Jackie Mason
[3:45]- Bob Newhart
[5:22]- Shelley Berman
[6:17]- Bill Cosby
[9:25]- Jonathan Winters
[4:45]- (Tony) Hendra and (Nick) Ullett
[5:39]- Godfrey Cambridge
[6:35]- Mort Sahl
[2:01]- Smothers Brothers
[2:24]- Steve Martin
[6:38]- Rowan and Martin
[3:08]- Lily Tomlin
[11:37] George Carlin
[7:36]- Richard Pryor
[4:58]- Andy Kaufman
[1:47]- Billy Crystal
[1:24]- Jay Leno
[3:49]- David Letterman
I guess for me the interesting thing about this DVD was witnessing the transformation some of today's most raucous and rebellious comedians made. Still, overall I was disappointed.
Don't waste your money.