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The New! Improved! Bob and Ray Book | [Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding]

The New! Improved! Bob and Ray Book

Listen and laugh as Bob and Ray introduce such classic characters as Elmer Stapley, the Word Wizard; Holden Merkley, noted economist and comparison shopper; and roving literary critic Ward Stuffer.
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Publisher's Summary

Bob and Ray's whimsically ridiculous dialogues and subtly satirical glances at the world have graced local and network radio, television, movies, and commercials for over 50 years. Their skits have also been collected into 3 delightful books, and this audio rendition consists of routines from the third book. Bob and Ray introduce such classic characters as Elmer Stapley, the Word Wizard; Holden Merkley, noted economist and comparison shopper; and roving literary critic Ward Stuffer.

(P)1986 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

What the Critics Say

"...satire, non-sequiturs, wordplay... brilliant comedy." (The Washington Post)
"...their comic routines on a deceptively low key, gradually accelerating to blissfully dizzy heights and finally leaving their audiences howling." (The New York Times)

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    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 12-24-04
    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 12-24-04
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    "Classic"

    Bob and Ray. A unique pair of dry wit comics.
    Gentle and laugh out loud funny.
    I love off beat comedy and this is a wonderful
    addition to my library.

    More Bob and Ray please!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Lake Forrest Park, WA, USA 11-18-03
    Jon Lake Forrest Park, WA, USA 11-18-03
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    "You'll fall in love with these guys"

    If you are not familiar wth Bob and Ray listen all the way through..Bob Elliot (father of Chris Elliot) low key style is HILARIOUS! The sound is great! Johnny Carson Loved them! Me too!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kerrie Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-06-08
    Kerrie Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A bit disappointing..."

    Bob & Ray are very very funny fellows, and this is an excellent sampler of their classic material. But their performance style depended on a sort of anarchistic, ad-libbed energy that's entirely missing from a straight reading of collected scripts by two elderly men. Sample this book by all means, but if you get a chance to hear the originals, do take it as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Wallace Austin, TX 04-17-06
    Douglas Wallace Austin, TX 04-17-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "Bob & Ray at top form"

    Excellent audio quality - Bob and Ray are also at the peak of their performance on this recording. Their good-natured brand of surreal satire is delivered with impeccable timing. It is an amazing discovery in this day and age that such low-key, non-scatalogical humor can be so funny. The format is a low-budget radio show that obviously can't attract guests other than charlatans, idiot know-it-alls, local micro-celebrities, or poor schmucks with nothing better to do. Pokes fun at the very fabric of human difficulties in communication, with a very American context, but does it (mostly) with a warm heart. It's almost perfect, I just wish the Great Lakes Paper Clip Company routine was included.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Redmond, WA, USA 04-27-06
    William Redmond, WA, USA 04-27-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A shadow of their former selves"

    I grew up with Bob and Ray, often rolling on the floor with laughter. Unfortunately, this collection does not do justice to the many hilarous hours I've spent enjoying their humor. It's sad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Arroyo Grande, CA, USA 06-15-09
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    "More than bad--a ripoff"

    Save your money and don't buy this. I didn't laugh once through the whole thing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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