In high school (1974-79) I used to quote the Firesign “commercials” for Ma Rainey’s moleskin cookies and do a verbal version of “The Intro and the Outro” by the Bonzos…people though I was very, very weird.
Also a huge fan of the Goons, a 1950’s BBC anarchic radio show featuring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and the insane genius of Spike Milligan.
Does anyone remember “Doctor Bundolo’s Pandemonium Medicine Show”, or “I’m Sorry, I’ll Read that Again”? Tony Hancock?
One of my favourite characters on SCTV was composer Irving Cohen, who would always talk about “We had a thing, at that time, called…Vaudeville. I recall Sophie Tucker, the last of the red-hot mamas…give me a ‘C’, a bouncy ‘C’,” and a nonsensical 20s style Tin Pan Alley song would follow.