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Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons: The Backstage Story of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  9 reviews
(Applause Books). By the established comedy conventions of their era, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were true game changers. Never playing to the balcony, Bob and Ray instead entertained each other. Because they believed in their nuanced characters and absurd premises, their audience did, too. Their parodies broadcasting about broadcasting existed in their own special unive ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Applause Books (first published March 1st 2013)
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Michael Sparrow
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fine biography--complete, accurate and very funny. All the details are there and the book is very attractive.
Christian
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: comedians, Bob & Ray fans, fans of old-time radio, media buffs
I'm a huge fan of Bob & Ray, ever since I discovered a book of their radio scripts in high school. By similar accident, I stumbled upon this biography of their lives by David Pollock.

I don't know of any other books Pollock has written. I'm well familiar with his TV credentials. That said, this book was a disappointment. It abounds with information, interspersing the timeline with clips from interviews and moments in background history. Lots of information, but I don't feel this i
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Jeff Crompton
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A well-researched, well-written biography of my favorite comedy team of all time. Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were, separately, totally ordinary, even boring, young men with no higher ambitions than to be radio announcers. Together, they created an amazing comedic alternate universe, understated and absurd, and peopled with characters unable to see past their own delusions and mental limitations.

I learned a lot about two of my favorite performers. I had known that they were busy whe
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Terry Collins
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Considering the limitations David Pollock faced in writing this impressive biography of the highly influential comedy team of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, his book is a godsend for fans. Bob Elliott sat for interviews, while even if still alive, Ray would have been more reticent. Always introduced as "Bob and Ray," the comedians had a career that spanned five decades, ending only with Ray's passing in 1990. Radio was where they first met, and served as their home for decades, well past the "end ...more
James
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little clumsy in it's telling (events out of order), but I still enjoyed this chronicle of the careers of radio's great gentle satirists Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. This covers about everything you can imagine about the two and their broadcast career plus a few film appearances and many television achievements. They even appeared for 5 months on Broadway in their own two man sketch show. THe duo was a great influence on major comedians of the time and later such as Bob Newhart, David Letterm ...more
Michael Miller
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Bob & Ray, or of comedy in general, you'll love this book. B&R were probably the least show-business of anyone in show business, just two normal guys who looked at the world in a slightly off-kilter fashion. This biography follows the boys from the beginning of their careers to today. (Ray passed away in 1990; Bob just celebrated his 90th birthday.) It's a fascinating journey, with lots of their best bits sprinkled throughout and many, many comments and complements fro ...more
Ann
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
David Pollock's story of these seminal comedians is fascinating. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Pollock makes sure to sprinkle reminders of the comedy routines and pranks the two comedians pulled off.

If you remember Bob and Ray, you will find this investigation of them and the long list of other performers they inspired a worthy read.

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Rich Meyer
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Excellent biography of one of the great comedy teams! Well-written, well-researched ... with plenty of anecdotes and background on Bob and Ray's multifaceted career. Definitely recommended to anyone who likes radio, classic comedy, or, of course, Bob and Ray!
Phrodrick
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was around back when AM Radio was the only choice and Comedy Time was a regular feature the hourly broadcast cycle. Later I was lucky enough to hear a few of the last Bob and Ray WOR New Your Broadcasts. I count myself as a fan, if not one of their best or most loyal. Part of my admiration for these men was based on their unique, totally dead pan delivery.
The gag grew out of the fact that their vocalizations were minimal. Newsman Wally Ballou doing an interview or dealing with the sudden
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