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Here's a trivia question for you--who won the first Grammy for a non-musical album?

Answer: Shelly Berman, the first stand-up comedian to have a comedy album. He did the phone schtick before Newhart. Here he is on Judy Garland. Skip to 1:20 if you like, and stay for the ride.


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Not many people know dat.
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I'm wrong about Shelly having the first standup album. But the Grammy thing is true. He was also the first stand up to play Carnegie Hall.
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Joe Hayman recorded Cohen on the Telephone in 1913, several decades ahead of Berman. (The actual routine begins at about 1:25)



I suspect that these half-heard phone call routines have been around as long as telephones have been. And they were probably based on earlier pre-telephone half-heard conversation routines.
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Thanks Magnus. I reposted the video link--to post a YouTube video, you just put the YouTube ID between the brackets, i.e. the number/letters after the equal sign to post a video. In this case, yvOONWjx5RU. I still can't figure out a way to embed the video so that it begins at a particular time, although you can do that with a link.

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On Apr 17, 2014, landmark wrote:
Thanks Magnus. I reposted the video link--to post a YouTube video, you just put the YouTube ID between the brackets, i.e. the number/letters after the equal sign to post a video. In this case, yvOONWjx5RU.


Ah I see. Thank you.

And did you find Joe Hayman funny? Apparently he was a successful Vaudeville performer (with Mildred Franklin)/ Apart from the fact that Hayman and Franklin were successful and traveled the world, and that Cohen on the Telephone is believed to have sold a million copies, I can't find out much about him.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
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Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I thought Joe was cute--and a little sharper than I would have thought for that time period.

And here's Betty Walker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg1Hc4QnNls&t=12m20s
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