Bob and Ray cut through the smog in this sketch from their 1951 NBC television program.
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Bob and Ray were generally gentle in their humorous swipes at American culture and media, but probably never was their satire more cutting and Swiftian than in this routine, The Great Lakes Paperclip Company.
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Here’s the inimitable Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding on The David Letterman Show doing their famous sketch about a washed up theater star discussing his latest Broadway flop.
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The great Bob & Ray, with one of their classic bits, Mr. Science. It was a merciless parody of a popular educational television show of the 1950s that viewers of a certain age may remember, Watch Mr. Wizard with Don Herbert. Mayhem, as the saying goes, ensues.
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Bob (Elliott) and Ray (Goulding) were wizards of understated humor. They expanded into television and theater, but the genesis of their humor was always a media critique of the banality of radio, a medium that they knew better than just about anybody else. The two of them created a whole gallery of beloved characters. Their performances and scripts still hold up, more than half a century later.