History Radio / BobAndRay

13th Jan '18 3:33:16 PM nombretomado
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Thus they managed to stay together as a team for nearly forty years, influencing an entire generation of seminal American comics -- [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Bob Newhart]], Creator/JonathanWinters, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WoodyAllen, Creator/DavidLetterman, et al.; Creator/TheFiresignTheatre credit them as direct ancestors. They were also Creator/KurtVonnegut's favorite comedians; he mentions them with surprising frequency in his work. More recently, broadcaster KeithOlbermann has credited them as a major influence, especially on his "Worst Person in the World" segment.

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Thus they managed to stay together as a team for nearly forty years, influencing an entire generation of seminal American comics -- [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Bob Newhart]], Creator/JonathanWinters, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WoodyAllen, Creator/DavidLetterman, et al.; Creator/TheFiresignTheatre credit them as direct ancestors. They were also Creator/KurtVonnegut's favorite comedians; he mentions them with surprising frequency in his work. More recently, broadcaster KeithOlbermann Creator/KeithOlbermann has credited them as a major influence, especially on his "Worst Person in the World" segment.
8th Oct '17 12:59:40 PM nombretomado
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They created spoof serials - complete with fictional producers, writers, announcers and casts - with titles like "One Fella's Family" and "Jack Headstrong, All-American American" and "Lawrence Fechtenberger, Interstellar Officer Candidate" (brought to you by 'Chocolate Cookies With White Stuff In-Between Them'). {{Soap opera}}s included "The Life and Loves of Linda Lovely" (played on TV by a very young [[TheHoneymooners Audrey Meadows]]) and "Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife" - the latter a broad sendup of the wildly popular "Mary Noble, Backstage Wife". It was on this show that they took aim at Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=] during the Army hearings, recasting him as an oily-voiced petty official and in the process becoming among the very few high-profile performers (possibly the only ones beside Walt Kelly with ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'') to tackle him directly.

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They created spoof serials - complete with fictional producers, writers, announcers and casts - with titles like "One Fella's Family" and "Jack Headstrong, All-American American" and "Lawrence Fechtenberger, Interstellar Officer Candidate" (brought to you by 'Chocolate Cookies With White Stuff In-Between Them'). {{Soap opera}}s included "The Life and Loves of Linda Lovely" (played on TV by a very young [[TheHoneymooners [[Series/TheHoneymooners Audrey Meadows]]) and "Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife" - the latter a broad sendup of the wildly popular "Mary Noble, Backstage Wife". It was on this show that they took aim at Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=] during the Army hearings, recasting him as an oily-voiced petty official and in the process becoming among the very few high-profile performers (possibly the only ones beside Walt Kelly with ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'') to tackle him directly.
16th Apr '17 5:30:55 PM nombretomado
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Meanwhile, they had also parlayed their vocal dexterity into a very successful side career as commercial producers and voice-over artists, beginning with an iconic five-year stint as Bert & Harry, the Piel Brothers, whose bickering proved far more popular than the beer they were pitching (at the campaign's peak, upcoming spots were actually listed in [=TVGuide=]). Along with friend and fellow satirist StanFreberg, Bob & Ray went on to popularise the use of product-deprecating humour in TV & radio advertising.

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Meanwhile, they had also parlayed their vocal dexterity into a very successful side career as commercial producers and voice-over artists, beginning with an iconic five-year stint as Bert & Harry, the Piel Brothers, whose bickering proved far more popular than the beer they were pitching (at the campaign's peak, upcoming spots were actually listed in [=TVGuide=]). Along with friend and fellow satirist StanFreberg, Creator/StanFreberg, Bob & Ray went on to popularise the use of product-deprecating humour in TV & radio advertising.
24th Dec '16 10:34:05 AM Mdumas43073
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* SpeakingInUnison: The primary trait of the [=McBeeBee=] Twins was to always say the same thing just ''slightly'' out of sync with each other.

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* SpeakingInUnison: SpeakInUnison: The primary trait of the [=McBeeBee=] Twins was to always say the same thing just ''slightly'' out of sync with each other.other, creating an echo effect.
24th Dec '16 10:33:12 AM Mdumas43073
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* SpeakingInUnison: The primary trait of the [=McBeeBee=] Twins was to always say the same thing just ''slightly'' out of sync with each other.
2nd Sep '16 8:30:00 PM Mdumas43073
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* {{Corpsing}}: They were occasionally prone to this; a good example can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4B-nHs6YYE here]].
29th Aug '16 9:20:42 AM dsneybuf
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* SesameStreetCred: On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', B&R voiced a couple animated versions of their [[KentBrockmanNews 'interview']] schtick.

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* SesameStreetCred: On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', B&R voiced a couple animated versions of their [[KentBrockmanNews 'interview']] schtick.
21st May '16 10:17:18 AM Doug86
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Thus they managed to stay together as a team for nearly forty years, influencing an entire generation of seminal American comics -- [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Bob Newhart]], Creator/JonathanWinters, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WoodyAllen, DavidLetterman, et al.; Creator/TheFiresignTheatre credit them as direct ancestors. They were also Creator/KurtVonnegut's favorite comedians; he mentions them with surprising frequency in his work. More recently, broadcaster KeithOlbermann has credited them as a major influence, especially on his "Worst Person in the World" segment.

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Thus they managed to stay together as a team for nearly forty years, influencing an entire generation of seminal American comics -- [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Bob Newhart]], Creator/JonathanWinters, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WoodyAllen, DavidLetterman, Creator/DavidLetterman, et al.; Creator/TheFiresignTheatre credit them as direct ancestors. They were also Creator/KurtVonnegut's favorite comedians; he mentions them with surprising frequency in his work. More recently, broadcaster KeithOlbermann has credited them as a major influence, especially on his "Worst Person in the World" segment.
7th May '16 11:21:48 AM Mdumas43073
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** The duo appeared in various other real-life commercials over the years on both radio and TV.
7th May '16 11:20:04 AM Mdumas43073
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Their last broadcast series on Creator/{{NPR}} was only cut short in 1987, when Ray was forced to retire due to illness. He died in 1990 of kidney failure. Bob continued to perform by himself and occasionally with his son, comic actor and writer Chris Elliott (most notably in ''Series/GetALife'' and ''Film/CabinBoy'', where Bob and Chris played [[RealLifeRelative father and son]]). Chris' daughter, Creator/AbbyElliott, is a former cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', making for the only living tri-generational television comedy family (and the only tri-generational comedy family ever to appear on ''SNL'': Bob was a guest star on a 1978 Christmas special, Chris was a cast member during the show's [[SeasonalRot much-maligned 20th season]], and Abby was in the cast from 2008-12 [[note]]first getting hired when Creator/AmyPoehler was on maternity leave, along with short-lived cast member Michaela Watkins. Watkins was let go, but Elliott stayed[[/note]]). Bob died of throat cancer in 2016.

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Their last broadcast series on Creator/{{NPR}} was only cut short in 1987, when Ray was forced to retire due to illness. He died in 1990 of kidney failure. Bob continued to perform by himself and occasionally with his son, comic actor and writer Chris Elliott (most notably in ''Series/GetALife'' and ''Film/CabinBoy'', where Bob and Chris played [[RealLifeRelative father and son]]). Chris' daughter, Creator/AbbyElliott, is a former cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', making for the only living tri-generational television comedy family (and the only tri-generational comedy family ever to appear on ''SNL'': Bob ''SNL'' (Bob was a guest star on a 1978 Christmas special, Chris was a cast member during the show's [[SeasonalRot much-maligned 20th season]], and Abby was in the cast from 2008-12 [[note]]first getting hired when Creator/AmyPoehler was on maternity leave, along with short-lived cast member Michaela Watkins. Watkins was let go, but Elliott stayed[[/note]]). Bob died of throat cancer in 2016.
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