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Can You Top This

Can 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. Update: 23 additional recordings

35 old time radio show recordings
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"Restaurants"



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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. Peter DonaldWhether 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.

The 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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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 4 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 14 hours 4 minutes
      1. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants.mp3
      2. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors.mp3
      3. Can You Top This 460726 Names.mp3
      4. Can You Top This 470705 Secretary.mp3
      5. Can You Top This 470726 Service.mp3
      6. Can You Top This 470809 Second Half Only Health.mp3
      7. Can You Top This 471107 Bus.mp3
      8. Can You Top This 471128 Psychiatry.mp3
      9. Can You Top This 471205 Indignation.mp3
      10. Can You Top This 480430 Barbers.mp3
      11. Can You Top This 480514 Hats.mp3
      12. Can You Top This 490403 Salesmen.mp3
      13. Can You Top This 540514 Gossip.mp3
      14. Can You Top This 740125 Campaign.mp3
      15. Can You Top This 740919 Railroads.mp3
      16. Can You Top This 740926 Reprimands.mp3
      17. Can You Top This 741017 Punishment.mp3
      18. Can You Top This 741024 Economy.mp3
      19. Can You Top This 741103 Help.mp3
      20. Can You Top This 741107 Automobile.mp3
      21. Can You Top This 741121 Receptions.mp3
      22. Can You Top This 741128 Ghosts.mp3
      23. Can You Top This 741212 Advertising.mp3
      24. Can You Top This 741226 Panhandler.mp3
      25. Can You Top This 750116 Conceit.mp3
      26. Can You Top This 750130 Quarrel.mp3
      27. Can You Top This 750201 Information.mp3
      28. Can You Top This 750205 Bragging.mp3
      29. Can You Top This 750213 Jobs.mp3
      30. Can You Top This 750220 Sailor.mp3
      31. Can You Top This 750223 Tramp.mp3
      32. Can You Top This 750227 Treatment.mp3
      33. Can You Top This 750306 Mishap.mp3
      34. Can You Top This 750313 Customer.mp3
      35. Can You Top This Suggestion.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 4 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      35 shows - total playtime 14 hours 4 minutes
      1. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants.mp3
      2. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors.mp3
      3. Can You Top This 460726 Names.mp3
      4. Can You Top This 470705 Secretary.mp3
      5. Can You Top This 470726 Service.mp3
      6. Can You Top This 470809 Second Half Only Health.mp3
      7. Can You Top This 471107 Bus.mp3
      8. Can You Top This 471128 Psychiatry.mp3
      9. Can You Top This 471205 Indignation.mp3
      10. Can You Top This 480430 Barbers.mp3
      11. Can You Top This 480514 Hats.mp3
      12. Can You Top This 490403 Salesmen.mp3
      13. Can You Top This 540514 Gossip.mp3
      14. Can You Top This 740125 Campaign.mp3
      15. Can You Top This 740919 Railroads.mp3
      16. Can You Top This 740926 Reprimands.mp3
      17. Can You Top This 741017 Punishment.mp3
      18. Can You Top This 741024 Economy.mp3
      19. Can You Top This 741103 Help.mp3
      20. Can You Top This 741107 Automobile.mp3
      21. Can You Top This 741121 Receptions.mp3
      22. Can You Top This 741128 Ghosts.mp3
      23. Can You Top This 741212 Advertising.mp3
      24. Can You Top This 741226 Panhandler.mp3
      25. Can You Top This 750116 Conceit.mp3
      26. Can You Top This 750130 Quarrel.mp3
      27. Can You Top This 750201 Information.mp3
      28. Can You Top This 750205 Bragging.mp3
      29. Can You Top This 750213 Jobs.mp3
      30. Can You Top This 750220 Sailor.mp3
      31. Can You Top This 750223 Tramp.mp3
      32. Can You Top This 750227 Treatment.mp3
      33. Can You Top This 750306 Mishap.mp3
      34. Can You Top This 750313 Customer.mp3
      35. Can You Top This Suggestion.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    35 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 4 min

    Disc A001

    1. Can You Top This Suggestion
    2. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants

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    Disc A002

    1. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors
    2. Can You Top This 460726 Names

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A003

    1. Can You Top This 470705 Secretary
    2. Can You Top This 470726 Service

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A004

    1. Can You Top This 470809 Second Half Only Health
    2. Can You Top This 471107 Bus

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    Disc A005

    1. Can You Top This 471128 Psychiatry
    2. Can You Top This 471205 Indignation

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    Disc A006

    1. Can You Top This 480430 Barbers
    2. Can You Top This 480514 Hats

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    Disc A007

    1. Can You Top This 490403 Salesmen
    2. Can You Top This 540514 Gossip

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    Disc A008

    1. Can You Top This 740125 Campaign
    2. Can You Top This 740919 Railroads
    3. Can You Top This 740926 Reprimands

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A009

    1. Can You Top This 741017 Punishment
    2. Can You Top This 741024 Economy
    3. Can You Top This 741103 Help

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A010

    1. Can You Top This 741107 Automobile
    2. Can You Top This 741121 Receptions
    3. Can You Top This 741128 Ghosts

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    Disc A011

    1. Can You Top This 741212 Advertising
    2. Can You Top This 741226 Panhandler
    3. Can You Top This 750116 Conceit

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A012

    1. Can You Top This 750130 Quarrel
    2. Can You Top This 750201 Information
    3. Can You Top This 750205 Bragging

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A013

    1. Can You Top This 750213 Jobs
    2. Can You Top This 750220 Sailor
    3. Can You Top This 750223 Tramp

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    Disc A014

    1. Can You Top This 750227 Treatment
    2. Can You Top This 750306 Mishap
    3. Can You Top This 750313 Customer

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00