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Jinx 07-08-2019 09:57 PM

ID This Comedian, Please
 
We've been watching Johnny Carson reruns. I think this one aired in the 1980s. There was a stand-up comedian pitching his routine on Carson one night, but they never said his name as best we recall. But, maybe someone knows this routine: In brief, the comedian was recounting his experience on a date at a French restaurant. He imitates the French waiter like the older Elvis with a curled lip, and he spoke a few words of French ending each line with an Elvis "momma". His routine goes into mocking the pronunciation of French words and its silent letters. Then, he wonders who dreampt of serving snails? He says, "It must have been a poor person receiving unexpected company, saying 'Wait a minute, and I'll dig something up!'"

This routine was just hysterical! Does anyone know who this stand-up comedian might have been?

Mahaloth 07-08-2019 10:44 PM

Can you find it on youtube?

Loach 07-09-2019 12:11 AM

For some reason Iím thinking David Steinberg

Mahaloth 07-09-2019 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Loach (Post 21739510)
For some reason Iím thinking David Steinberg

Here he is on Carson.

Ring a bell?

Jinx 07-19-2019 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Mahaloth (Post 21739541)

Yes, I believe this is him. I am having some issue with my audio. But, he looks like the guy. I'll get my issue fixed and check this out for sure! Thanks!

minlokwat 07-20-2019 06:14 AM

Sorry to hijack but can I tack on a similar request?

Good.

This has to be from the 70s. It was a "magician" who did a bunch of silly tricks. All the while, he is -not so much singing- but accompanying himself by loudly warbling: "Da da DAH da, da da DAH da!" etc. Big fellow, white guy, I believe he had a bushy mane and a mustache.

Anyone know his name or can provide the clip?

GuanoLad 07-20-2019 07:15 AM

Doug Henning? Though he's not a big guy.
Ali Bongo? You'd probably remember the turban.
Ricky Jay, then?

Peter Morris 07-20-2019 07:40 AM

Art Metrano


or Jesus.

burpo the wonder mutt 07-20-2019 07:48 AM

I can't find a clip, but I'm positive that's Avery Schreiber (of Burns and Schreiber fame); his so-called "magic" routine consisted of "tricks" that were incredibly dumb, but hilarious.

minlokwat 07-20-2019 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Peter Morris (Post 21760594)

That's the guy.

Thanks for tracking down the clip.

burpo the wonder mutt 07-20-2019 08:17 AM

^ Well, I'll be damned; that's the routine, all right. It does clear up, for me, why Schreiber would go solo. Thanks.

Now, back to the show!

Shoeless 07-20-2019 09:02 AM

OK, here's one I've been trying to remember. Pretty sure I saw him on Carson a couple of times. A comedian who used a piano as part of his routine. The thing that I remember is that he smoked a cigar, and he had the rubber part of a toilet plunger stuck to the side of the piano. While he was playing, he stuck his cigar in the plunger and used it as a cigar holder. Ring a bell with anyone?

burpo the wonder mutt 07-20-2019 09:21 AM

Pete Barbutti.

Told the funniest joke, about a London saxophonist, I've ever heard.

Crafter_Man 07-20-2019 09:23 AM

And here's one I remember: a comedian who dressed up in a football outfit and did a bit on the United Way, or something like that.

Snowboarder Bo 07-20-2019 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Peter Morris (Post 21760594)

Man, I love this bit. So deep, so meta. And the look on his face- "get a load of this!" - is perfect!

Snowboarder Bo 07-20-2019 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Crafter_Man (Post 21760707)
And here's one I remember: a comedian who dressed up in a football outfit and did a bit on the United Way, or something like that.

Bob Nelson, who has many, many great routines.

Shoeless 07-20-2019 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21760703)

OMG yes that's the guy. I remember he also did the bit about the accordion school. https://youtu.be/OCD6qBuMUSk

burpo the wonder mutt 07-20-2019 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Shoeless (Post 21760682)
>snip> The thing that I remember is that he smoked a cigar, and he had the rubber part of a toilet plunger stuck to the side of the piano. While he was playing, he stuck his cigar in the plunger and used it as a cigar holder. <snip>

Is that a signature move, or what?

That Kordeen School bit is priceless. Thanks for passing it on.

Cayuga 07-20-2019 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shoeless (Post 21760682)
OK, here's one I've been trying to remember. Pretty sure I saw him on Carson a couple of times. A comedian who used a piano as part of his routine. The thing that I remember is that he smoked a cigar, and he had the rubber part of a toilet plunger stuck to the side of the piano. While he was playing, he stuck his cigar in the plunger and used it as a cigar holder. Ring a bell with anyone?

I think that was Victor Borge.

Cayuga 07-20-2019 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo (Post 21760714)
Bob Nelson, who has many, many great routines.

That clip is from some sort of Rodney Dangerfield Presents the Young Comedians special bank in, I think, the early 90s. That same special introduced Bobcat Goldthwaite to the world. I taped it, and rewatched the Nelson and Golthwaite routines for many years.

Snowboarder Bo 07-20-2019 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Cayuga (Post 21761133)
That clip is from some sort of Rodney Dangerfield Presents the Young Comedians special bank in, I think, the early 90s. That same special introduced Bobcat Goldthwaite to the world. I taped it, and rewatched the Nelson and Golthwaite routines for many years.

1985. Rodney Dangerfield's 9th Annual Young Comedians Special. This was like the Holy Grail of short-form stand-up; 9 comedians including:

Sam Kinison
Rita Rudner
Bob Nelson
Louie Anderson
Yakov Smirnoff
Bob Saget (I still tell some of his jokes from this special)

Sorry, but your memory's faulty: Bob Goldthwait was not on this special. By 1985, he had already appeared in Police Academy 2, which opened several months before the RD special aired.

Sherrerd 07-20-2019 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cayuga (Post 21761133)
That clip is from some sort of Rodney Dangerfield Presents the Young Comedians special bank in, I think, the early 90s. That same special introduced Bobcat Goldthwaite to the world. I taped it, and rewatched the Nelson and Golthwaite routines for many years.

Can I just sidetrack a bit in praise of the days when we could choose something we liked on TV and save it and watch it whenever we wanted?

Today even Blu-Ray is being phased out, in favor of a system in which we have to pay each time we watch something, and what we want to watch may not be available because the rent-collecting companies arbitrarily cycle the offerings in and out.

It's not better.

Snowboarder Bo 07-20-2019 06:15 PM

I am a "hardcopy whenever possible" kinda guy, even if I have to make it myself.


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