Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brother Dave Gardner

While writing about Charlie McCarty and the days of radio I happen to think of a comedian we use to listen to and that was Brother Dave Gardner.  Now in the 1950's and 1960's radio use to play more than music.  Mixed in with songs would comedy skits (on records) such as Andy Griffin with his skit of "What it was was football."  There was also one, by whom I have totally forgotten, that went along the line of;
“José, can you see?” about José, a new immigrant, who goes to a baseball game and in order to get a good view climbs the flagpole.   Just before the game began everyone stood up, turned to him—perched on the flagpole—and sang out, “José, can you see?”

Obvious a number of these skits would be politically incorrect today (what isn't?) but being white I found them to be funny and still do.  They certainly are more funny to me then the black comedian today who begins each line of their skit with mother fucker.

Another comedian on records played on radio was Brother Dave Gardner.  He had several routines such as "The Motorcycle Story" and "When John Gets Here."  He stressed a southern comic style and faded from the scene by the end of the 1960's.  I am sure somewhere on you tube are a number of his shows.


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