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New Years Eve Comedy Collection

Even if you can't remember the words to "Auld Lang Syne", New Year's Eve is for Fun! The compilation includes hilarious New Years themed comedy shows from the Golden Age of Radio including broadcasts from Alan Young, Amos and Andy, Bergen and McCarthy, Burns and Allen, Father Knows Best, Fibber McGee and Molly, Fred Allen, Great Gildersleeve, Jack Benny, Life of Riley, Life with Luigi, Our Miss Brooks, Spike Jones, and more!

28 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 51 min)
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Vintage New YearsHappy Saint Sylvester's Day!

A happy enough sentiment, but why should we care while we are chilling the champagne, fitting our best funny hats, and getting ready for the big ball drop?

Sylvester was the 33rd Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335 A.D., an important period for the Church which saw the First Nicene Council (Sylvester did not personally attend), adoption of the Nicene Creed, the founding of the Basilica of St. John, Old St. Peter's Basilica, and several other great churches, and a strengthening of ties with the Eastern Church in Constantinople.

The most widely remembered fact about Sylvester himself is that he died on December 31. When Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 to correct deficiencies in the Julian System, December 31 became the last day of the year. Wishing no disrespect, it seems a lot more fun to celebrate that than the death anniversary of a long-gone Pope.

Indeed, when celebrating New Year's Eve there is a greater emphasis on the Party than reflecting on the Old Year and anticipating the New. In many ways, the New Year means learning all over how to write the dates on our checks (a difficulty largely superseded by the convenience of Internet banking), but it truly can be a time for New Beginnings.

This is why New Year's Resolutions are so important. However, it should also be pointed out that January is the most important month of the year for the bottom line of Fitness Gyms. In January, many will resolve to get into shape, pay for a Gym Membership, but stop showing up by mid-February. A similar phenomenon is the British Public Health Campaign of "Dry January". Supposedly, 17,000 Britons have chosen to completely stop drinking for that much. It is unclear how many actually keep this resolution, let alone its actual effects on Public Health. Many chose to believe it is all a reaction to the hangover from the New Year's Eve Party.

Let's face it New Year's Eve is about having fun. More than a celebration of surviving another year, it is a celebration of surviving another Holiday Season. The Snowflakes and Elves which have been hanging in the Malls since before Hallowe'en are finally being put away (only to be replaced by Hearts and Shamrocks). The end of the Holidays means an end to the shopping madness but should not mean the end to the fun. However, the Fourth of July Cookout is a long way off, so we encourage you to relax and enjoy yourself while waiting for the Apple to Fall in Times Square.

The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny, December 29, 1940. After reviewing how he decorated a Christmas Tree on the train back from New York, Jack and the Gang perform their annual New Year's fantasy, "Father Time Rides Again". Mr. and Mrs. 1940 have to be out of the house by midnight because their lease is up. 

Amos 'n' Andy, December 29, 1944. Andy is looking forward to attending Charles Jackson's exclusive New Year's Eve party, after all, he took Jackson's daughter out a few times. As the party time approaches, he discovers that he is about the only one in Harlem who didn't get an invitation.

The Alan Young Show, December 27, 1946. Using the knowledge gained from his new book on Criminology, Alan determines that he is the best one to hold the secrets plans for the Van Nuys Rose Parade Float. Hubert Updike, who is sure that the Beverly Hills Float is going to win, but to be sure he needs to steal the plans from Alan.

The Great Gildersleeve, December 31, 1947. After clearing his desk of unfinished 1947 business and closing the office for the year, the Water Commissioner has plans to see each of his lady friends (and collect a New Year's kiss from every one of them). However, he hears that Judge Hooker doesn't have any plans, so Gildy decides to take him along on his adventures, but the Judge wants to spend the evening in the bosom of family; Gildersleeve's family!

Maxwell House Coffee Time, December 30, 1948, George and Gracie are planning a big New Years' Eve Party with an orchestra and all the fixings, but Gracie discovers that she forgot to mail the invitations. To fool George, she decides to hold New Year's Eve a day early.

Fibber McGee and Molly, January 3, 1950. The master and mistress of 79 Wistful Vista are visiting Molly's wealthy Aunt Sarah for the Holidays, and it is a lifestyle that Fibber could become only too used to. Between taking advantage of the servants and trying to manage the wealthy woman's business affairs, it is easy to understand why Fibber gets the welcome he does.

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    total playtime 12 hours, 51 min
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      28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 51 minutes
      1. Alan Young 461227 0012 Rose Bowl Float.mp3
      2. Amos Andy 441229 Not Invited To Party.mp3
      3. Bergen McCarthy 441231 New Years Party Play .mp3
      4. Bergen McCarthy 560101 New Years Eve.mp3
      5. Burns And Allen 481230 New Years Eve Party.mp3
      6. Durante 471217 W Victor Moore.mp3
      7. Father Knows Best 491229 019 New Years Eve.mp3
      8. Fm461231 New Years Eve Party With Fred Waring.mp3
      9. Fm500103 At Aunt Sarahs.mp3
      10. Fm520101 New Years Day Visiting.mp3
      11. Fm540101 Quiet New Years Day At Home.mp3
      12. Fred Allen Show 471214 127 New Years Eve Plans.mp3
      13. Gg441231 New Years Eve.mp3
      14. Gg471231 New Years Eve Parties.mp3
      15. Gg521231 New Years Eve With Peavy.mp3
      16. Henry Morgan 470101 E018 New Years Eve Show.mp3
      17. Honest Harold 501227 New Year s Dance.mp3
      18. JB401229 Father Time Rides Again.mp3
      19. JB420104 New Years Eve Party at Biltmore Bowl.mp3
      20. Jb501231 New Years Fantasy.mp3
      21. Jb511230 New Years Eve Date With French Girl.mp3
      22. JB550102 Rose Bowl Parade.mp3
      23. Life Of Riley 461228 New Years Show.mp3
      24. Life Of Riley 491230 Riley Drives Cab For Babs Boyf.mp3
      25. Luigi 491227 New Years Phone Call.mp3
      26. OMB 500101 Babysitting On New Years Eve.mp3
      27. OMB 501231 Exchanging Christmas Gifts.mp3
      28. Spike Jones 481217 April Showers Happy New Year.mp3
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      28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 51 minutes
      1. Alan Young 461227 0012 Rose Bowl Float.mp3
      2. Amos Andy 441229 Not Invited To Party.mp3
      3. Bergen McCarthy 441231 New Years Party Play .mp3
      4. Bergen McCarthy 560101 New Years Eve.mp3
      5. Burns And Allen 481230 New Years Eve Party.mp3
      6. Durante 471217 W Victor Moore.mp3
      7. Father Knows Best 491229 019 New Years Eve.mp3
      8. Fm461231 New Years Eve Party With Fred Waring.mp3
      9. Fm500103 At Aunt Sarahs.mp3
      10. Fm520101 New Years Day Visiting.mp3
      11. Fm540101 Quiet New Years Day At Home.mp3
      12. Fred Allen Show 471214 127 New Years Eve Plans.mp3
      13. Gg441231 New Years Eve.mp3
      14. Gg471231 New Years Eve Parties.mp3
      15. Gg521231 New Years Eve With Peavy.mp3
      16. Henry Morgan 470101 E018 New Years Eve Show.mp3
      17. Honest Harold 501227 New Year s Dance.mp3
      18. JB401229 Father Time Rides Again.mp3
      19. JB420104 New Years Eve Party at Biltmore Bowl.mp3
      20. Jb501231 New Years Fantasy.mp3
      21. Jb511230 New Years Eve Date With French Girl.mp3
      22. JB550102 Rose Bowl Parade.mp3
      23. Life Of Riley 461228 New Years Show.mp3
      24. Life Of Riley 491230 Riley Drives Cab For Babs Boyf.mp3
      25. Luigi 491227 New Years Phone Call.mp3
      26. OMB 500101 Babysitting On New Years Eve.mp3
      27. OMB 501231 Exchanging Christmas Gifts.mp3
      28. Spike Jones 481217 April Showers Happy New Year.mp3
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    28 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 51 min

    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A001

    1. JB401229 Father Time Rides Again
    2. JB420104 New Years Eve Party at Biltmore Bowl

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A002

    1. Amos Andy 441229 Not Invited To Party
    2. Bergen McCarthy 441231 New Years Party Play

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A003

    1. Gg441231 New Years Eve
    2. Alan Young 461227 0012 Rose Bowl Float

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A004

    1. Life Of Riley 461228 New Years Show
    2. Fm461231 New Years Eve Party With Fred Waring

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A005

    1. Henry Morgan 470101 E018 New Years Eve Show
    2. Fred Allen Show 471214 127 New Years Eve Plans

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A006

    1. Durante 471217 W Victor Moore
    2. Gg471231 New Years Eve Parties
    3. Spike Jones 481217 April Showers Happy New Year

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A007

    1. Burns And Allen 481230 New Years Eve Party
    2. Luigi 491227 New Years Phone Call

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A008

    1. Father Knows Best 491229 019 New Years Eve
    2. Life Of Riley 491230 Riley Drives Cab For Babs Boyf

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A009

    1. OMB 500101 Babysitting On New Years Eve
    2. Fm500103 At Aunt Sarahs

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A010

    1. Honest Harold 501227 New Year s Dance
    2. Jb501231 New Years Fantasy

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A011

    1. OMB 501231 Exchanging Christmas Gifts
    2. Jb511230 New Years Eve Date With French Girl

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A012

    1. Fm520101 New Years Day Visiting
    2. Gg521231 New Years Eve With Peavy

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A013

    1. Fm540101 Quiet New Years Day At Home
    2. JB550102 Rose Bowl Parade

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    New Years Eve Comedy Disc A014

    1. Bergen McCarthy 560101 New Years Eve

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