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Henny Youngman Collection

Famous for his violin playing and comedic quips, Henny Youngman broke into the nightclub comedy circuit before making several appearances on old time radio.

7 old time radio show recordings
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6 Audio CDs


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"Henny Youngman on Command Performance"



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Henny Youngman, 1936
"I haven't spoken to my wife in four months. I didn't want to interrupt."

Henny YoungmanHenny Youngman's impact on American culture is simply incalculable. He is responsible, not only for many famous one-liners, but for the pervasive nature of the form itself. All of us are familiar with the idea of the rapid-fire joke, of the rhythm of an economical set-up followed by a pause and a quick punchline, coming out in a rapid fire just like the drum rim shots that often accompanied them in old-school comedy clubs.

And who among us isn't familiar with "take my wife...please!" Or "I was so ugly, when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother"? Who hasn't heard, "The patient says, 'Doctor, it hurts when I do this.' The doctor says, 'Don't Do that.'"?

These quips are universal in their appeal and all attributed to comic warhorse, Henny Youngman. He told these jokes thousands of times over a stand-up career spanning from roughly 1930 until not before his 1998 death.

Youngman, also known for his ever-present violin, actually broke into show biz playing that instrument with the jazz combo The Swanee Syncopaters. One night, Youngman was thrust into service filling in for the originally-scheduled comedian. The rest is history, but it's worth noting that he immediately began honing his comedy skills throughout the 1930s and 40s, endlessly slogging the tough nightclub circuit.

In the midst of his nightclub career, Youngman landed a recurring gig on radio's The Kate Smith Hour. Over a few years, he made several appearances for brief comedy routines.

Also memorable among Youngman's radio appearances were two nights on Command Performance. On his second appearance, host Fred Allen reads the letter from the G.I. requesting Youngman's appearance. It mentions that the serviceman hadn't heard Youngman before his previous Command Performance appearance, but liked him so much he wanted to hear another set.

Youngman's routine that night contained a few wife jokes, including, "Brother, can she talk. Brought her to the beach this Summer, when we returned her tongue was sunburned."

Henny Youngman AdvertisementIncidentally, that episode included a classic in radio history, an update on the "feud" between Fred Allen and Jack Benny.

The Henny Youngman collection also includes his appearances on Radio Hall of Fame, GI Journal, Love Thy Neighbor, and the Bill Stern Sports Newsreel.

So tune in, and hang on, because the punchlines are fast and furious.

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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.



    7 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 12 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 4 hours 12 minutes
      1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 450427 286 Henny Youngman.mp3
      2. Cmd Perf 420318 4 F.Allen H.Youngman, Gladys Swarthout.mp3
      3. Cmd Perf 420513 015 National Assoc Broadcasters Show.mp3
      4. Gi Journal 440616 050 Bless Em All.mp3
      5. Hollywoods Open House 29.mp3
      6. Love Thy Neighbor 401217.mp3
      7. Radio Hall Of Fame 441105 049 Evil War.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    7 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 12 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      7 shows - total playtime 4 hours 12 minutes
      1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 450427 286 Henny Youngman.mp3
      2. Cmd Perf 420318 4 F.Allen H.Youngman, Gladys Swarthout.mp3
      3. Cmd Perf 420513 015 National Assoc Broadcasters Show.mp3
      4. Gi Journal 440616 050 Bless Em All.mp3
      5. Hollywoods Open House 29.mp3
      6. Love Thy Neighbor 401217.mp3
      7. Radio Hall Of Fame 441105 049 Evil War.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



    7 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 12 min

    Disc A001

    1. Hollywoods Open House 29

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    Disc A002

    1. Love Thy Neighbor 401217

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    Disc A003

    1. Cmd Perf 420318 4 F.Allen H.Youngman, Gladys Swarthout
    2. Cmd Perf 420513 015 National Assoc Broadcasters Show

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    Disc A004

    1. Gi Journal 440616 050 Bless Em All

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    Disc A005

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 441105 049 Evil War

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    Disc A006

    1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 450427 286 Henny Youngman

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