Bob Elliott, American humorist who was one half of the team of Bob & Ray with Ray Goulding, whose career began on radio in Boston and managed to take in network radio, TV, movies and Broadway, as well as being the father of contemporary comic Chris Elliott, is 88 today.
"I know they were big on radio, did Bob & Ray have success in any other media?"
Yes, Bob & Ray, the American comedy team consisting of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, who got their start on radio in Boston, also appeared on TV, in some movies, and on Broadway. You know, Bob is also the father of Chris Elliott, familiar as a writer and performer on the David Letterman show, and he turns 88 today.
"88, huh? Did he have any children who followed him into show business?"
Yes, Bob Elliott, one half of the comedy team of Bob & Ray, familiar comic performers on radio, television, the movies and even on Broadway, is the father of Chris Elliott, who used to be a writer and performer on the David Letterman show. Chris' dad, Bob Elliott, turns 88 today, and you can purchase recordings of Bob & Ray's classic routines at Bobandray.com.
"Say, I'd love to hear some of those old Bob and Ray routines again, I wonder, is there anywhere that I could get my hands on those?"
Yes, at Bobandray.com, there are literally dozens of hours of classic comedy available from the team of Bob & Ray, which consisted of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. Bob, incidentally, is turning 88 today, and besides his long career in radio, he also appeared in movies, on network TV, and even on Broadway, where their show "The Two and Only" was a great success with everyone except the critic John Simon, who they later dubbed "the worst person in the world."
"I've always wondered about that, did their style of comedy transfer well to the stage?"
Yes, the show "The Two and Only," starring the comedy team of Bob and Ray, which consisted of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, popular radio comedians who also appeared on TV, in movies, and even on Broadway, and the surviving member of whom, Bob Elliott, turns 88 today, was highly successful with most critics, with the notable exception of John Simon, whom they later dubbed "the worst person in the world," a title which has been taken up more recently by a fan of theirs, Keith Olbermann, on his own TV shows.
"Is there anyone on today's scene who considers himself a fan of Bob and Ray?"
We should respect the other fellow's religion, but only to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is attractive and his children intelligent. —H.L. Mencken