9781555911546

All the Sincerity in Hollywood: Selections from the Writings of Radio's Legendary Comedian Fred Allen

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    9781555911546

  • ISBN10:

    1555911544

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

Fred Allen was the king of humor during radio's Golden Age. As a satirist & word-smith, his telling phrases & takes on the foibles of daily life, as well as the events of his time, were as quotable then as they are now. Allen transformed popular comedy by lampooning news events, commercials, & big business. He set a direction followed by a number of entertainers, including Bob & Ray, David Frost, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Garrison Keillor, Chevy Chase, Dennis Miller, & even Saturday Night Live. In place of situation comedies, slapstick, stock characters, or standard joke forms, Allen offered a thinking person's humor, delivered every week to 30 million Americans in his 17-year-long radio show (1932-1949). All the Sincerity in Hollywood showcases many of Fred Allen's previously published & unpublished letters, essays, radio scripts, & quips to create the best refresher course in laughs that survive the test of time.

Table of Contents

acknowledgments xi
introduction xv
radio
1(53)
My Aunt Lizzie
54(10)
television
64(3)
My Library Routine
67(11)
allen v. hollywood
78(16)
the world's worst juggler
94(12)
allen's aphorisms
106(11)
christmas
117(4)
doctors
121(7)
environmental report
128(1)
life, growing old and dying
129(6)
manhattan, the stock exchange, philadelphia, boston, gloucester, california, hartford, maine, montauk, new jersey, texas, florida and bermuda
135(6)
politics
141(4)
travel abroad
145(8)
correspondence
153(11)
catholics (plus a report on purim)
164(4)
speech at friars club roast of bob hope
168(5)
of things literary
173(18)
only piece for the new yorker
191(5)
a yearning
196(1)
glossary 197

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