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 Can You Top This

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Can You Top This

Comedy and Audience Participation Show (1940-1954)

old time radio imageCan You Top This? was a hilarious show where audience members sent in jokes and funny men "Senator Ed Ford," Harry Hershfield, and Joe Laurie Jr. tried to top them. Jokes could be sent in about any subject except religion, politics or arson. Although they were not told any of the jokes or subjects ahead of time, Ed, Harry and Joe then had to top the joke with another joke of the same subject. Whether the joke was "topped was judged by the Colgate Laugh Meter, a giant smiling man's face with a meter that moved with the live audiences laughter.

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Peter DonaldThe shows roots sprouted from Ed, Harry and Joe's joke-swapping extravaganzas at the New York Lambs Club. Friends from vaudeville days, the three could go on for hours at the club. Peter Donald, who went on to play Fred Allen's Ajax Cassidy, hosted the show. "Senator Ed Ford, "senator in name only, added the title in order to increase his prospective charisma. Harry Hershfield was a cartoonist.He was awarded New York's Best After Dinner Speaker. In his heyday, he would make over 200 after dinner speeches a year. Joe Laurie Jr was a 1920s vaudevillian. Before Can you Top This?, he wrote jokes for Al Jolson. As a small fry, there were frequent jokes about Joe's size on the show.

Ed, Harry and Joe were hard to top on the show. But 6,000 listeners' letters poured in weekly to give it a try. If their joke was read on the air, listeners received $5. They received an additional $2 per non-topping jokester. If their jokes were topped, listeners received a joke book in the mail.
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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
35 recordings - total playtime 14 hours 4 minutes

Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants
Can You Top This 450815 Suitors
Can You Top This 460726 Names
Can You Top This 470705 Secretary
Can You Top This 470726 Service
Can You Top This 470809 Second Half Only Health
Can You Top This 471107 Bus
Can You Top This 471128 Psychiatry
Can You Top This 471205 Indignation
Can You Top This 480430 Barbers
Can You Top This 480514 Hats
Can You Top This 490403 Salesmen
Can You Top This 540514 Gossip
Can You Top This 740926 Reprimands
Can You Top This 741017 Punishment
Can You Top This 741024 Economy
Can You Top This 741103 Help
Can You Top This 741107 Automobile
Can You Top This 741121 Receptions
Can You Top This 741128 Ghosts
Can You Top This 741212 Advertising
Can You Top This 741226 Panhandler
Can You Top This 74125 Campaign
Can You Top This 74919 Railroads
Can You Top This 750116 Conceit
Can You Top This 750130 Quarrel
Can You Top This 750201 Information
Can You Top This 750205 Bragging
Can You Top This 750213 Jobs
Can You Top This 750220 Sailor
Can You Top This 750223 Tramp
Can You Top This 750227Treatment
Can You Top This 750306Mishap
Can You Top This 750313 Customer
Can You Top This Suggestion

 


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