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Fred Allen's Radio Comedy

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A notable example of radio at its best. --Back Stage/SHOOTIn 1954, James Thurber wrote: You can count on the thumb of one hand the American who is at once a comedian, a humorist, a wit, and a satirist, and his name is Fred Allen. Several decades after his death and more than forty years since his radio program left the air, Fred Allen's reputation as a respected humorist ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published August 22nd 1990 by Temple University Press
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Mike Jensen
Apr 15, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
Was Fred Allen as great a radio comedian as this book claims? Havig makes the case for Allen’s greatness as well as it can be made. The book is like one of those literary biographies about great authors in mixing Allen’s life with his work and giving plenty of room for how the work developed with many quotes from the work itself. In that sense the book is successful.

Here is where I did not find the book successful: Allen was an intellectual comedian whose writing often paid-off in a smiling “I
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