History Radio / BobAndRay

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.
4th Apr '16 4:15:21 AM C2
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* CatchPhrase: Inept reporter Wally Ballou's sign-on, "-ly Ballou here!" and the duo's [[SigningOffCatchPhrase closing signature]], "This is Ray Goulding reminding you to write if you get work/And Bob Elliott reminding you to hang by your thumbs." Also possibly their habit of referring to their fictional staff as 'our Bob & Ray Organization', which by the end of their forty-year career in media parody ran to an empire AOL TimeWarner might envy.

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* CatchPhrase: Inept reporter Wally Ballou's sign-on, "-ly Ballou here!" and the duo's [[SigningOffCatchPhrase closing signature]], "This is Ray Goulding reminding you to write if you get work/And Bob Elliott reminding you to hang by your thumbs." Also possibly their habit of referring to their fictional staff as 'our Bob & Ray Organization', which by the end of their forty-year career in media parody ran to an empire AOL TimeWarner Creator/RupertMurdoch might envy.
19th Mar '16 11:20:49 AM Mdumas43073
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* TakeThatCritics: Showing an uncharacteristically pointy side, B&R reacted to ''NewYorkMagazine'' critic John Simon's negative review of their stage show by incorporating him into their skits as 'The Worst Person in the World' - a character who never spoke, just made rude noises while other characters (that is, Bob and/or Ray) commented loudly on his uncouth manners. (Broadcaster Keith Olbermann later picked up the concept, ''sans'' specific attack, and used it in his ''Series/{{Countdown|WithKeithOlbermann}}''.)

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* TakeThatCritics: Showing an uncharacteristically pointy side, B&R reacted to ''NewYorkMagazine'' ''New York'' magazine critic John Simon's negative review of their stage show by incorporating him into their skits as 'The "The Worst Person in the World' - World" -- a character who never spoke, just made rude noises while other characters (that is, Bob and/or Ray) commented loudly on his uncouth manners. (Broadcaster Keith Olbermann later picked up the concept, ''sans'' specific attack, and used it in his ''Series/{{Countdown|WithKeithOlbermann}}''.)
19th Mar '16 11:19:44 AM Mdumas43073
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* SeverelySpecializedStore: In the recurring skit "[[Radio/BackstageWife Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife]]," the characters started a restaurant called "House of Toast," with a rather limited menu.

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* SeverelySpecializedStore: In the recurring skit "[[Radio/BackstageWife Mary ''Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife]]," Wife'', the characters started a restaurant called the "House of Toast," Toast", with a rather limited menu.
19th Mar '16 11:18:38 AM Mdumas43073
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* CatchPhrase: Inept reporter Wally Ballou's sign-on, "-ly Ballou here!" and the duo's closing signature. "This is Ray Goulding reminding you to write if you get work/And Bob Elliott reminding you to hang by your thumbs." Also possibly their habit of referring to their fictional staff as 'our Bob & Ray Organization', which by the end of their forty-year career in media parody ran to an empire AOL TimeWarner might envy.
* ClockKing: ''[[Radio/MrKeenTracerOfLostPersons Mr. Trace, Keener than Most Persons]]'' admonished his [[Music/RudyVallee valet, Rudy]] "when I call for you, I want you now, not seven or eight seconds from now."

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* CatchPhrase: Inept reporter Wally Ballou's sign-on, "-ly Ballou here!" and the duo's [[SigningOffCatchPhrase closing signature. signature]], "This is Ray Goulding reminding you to write if you get work/And Bob Elliott reminding you to hang by your thumbs." Also possibly their habit of referring to their fictional staff as 'our Bob & Ray Organization', which by the end of their forty-year career in media parody ran to an empire AOL TimeWarner might envy.
* ClockKing: ''[[Radio/MrKeenTracerOfLostPersons Mr. Trace, Keener than Most Persons]]'' Persons admonished his [[Music/RudyVallee valet, Rudy]] "when Rudy: "When I call for you, I want you now, not seven or eight seconds from now."
19th Mar '16 11:17:06 AM Mdumas43073
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** Played straight when B&R wrote and performed the Piels Bros. beer commercials of the late 50's, featuring animated OddCouple siblings Bert and Harry Piel. Widely conceded to be far superior to the product itself; at the campaign's peak, upcoming spots were actually ''listed in [=TVGuide=]''.

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** Played straight when B&R wrote and performed the Piels Bros. beer commercials of the late 50's, featuring animated OddCouple siblings Bert and Harry Piel. Widely conceded to be far superior to the product itself; at the campaign's peak, upcoming spots were actually ''listed listed in [=TVGuide=]''.''Magazine/TVGuide''.
25th Feb '16 2:18:19 AM eroock
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'''Bob Elliott''' (19232016) and '''Ray Goulding''' (19221990) first met in 1946, at radio station WHDH-AM in [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston]]. Bob -- the slight one with the big blue eyes -- was the morning DJ; Ray -- the burly one with the splendid baritone -- was the newly-hired announcer. After reading the news on Bob's program, Ray would stick around and the two would riff off their particular corner of the Establishment - shows, sponsors, guests and interviewers alike.

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'''Bob Elliott''' Bob Elliott (19232016) and '''Ray Goulding''' Ray Goulding (19221990) first met in 1946, at radio station WHDH-AM in [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston]]. Bob -- the slight one with the big blue eyes -- was the morning DJ; Ray -- the burly one with the splendid baritone -- was the newly-hired announcer. After reading the news on Bob's program, Ray would stick around and the two would riff off their particular corner of the Establishment - shows, sponsors, guests and interviewers alike.
24th Feb '16 3:27:05 PM tropesinreadiness
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* CriticalResearchFailure: One sketch has Bob interviewing the author of a ''History of the United States''. It turns out that the 1,100-page tome contains numerous glaring errors, including Abraham Lincoln driving to his inauguration in an automobile, the Civil War breaking out in 1911, and the nation's original capital being located in Bailey's Mistake, Maine. The author readily admits it's "a shabby piece of work", but quickly adds that it's leather-bound.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: One sketch has an InUniverse example, with Bob interviewing the author of a ''History of the United States''. It turns out that the 1,100-page tome contains numerous glaring errors, including Abraham Lincoln driving to his inauguration in an automobile, the Civil War breaking out in 1911, and the nation's original capital being located in Bailey's Mistake, Maine. The author readily admits it's "a shabby piece of work", but quickly adds that it's leather-bound.
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