Re: 60's humor ... into the 90's

Tom Condit (tomcondit@IGC.APC.ORG)
Fri, 30 May 1997 22:32:40 -0700 (PDT)

At 05:23 PM 5/30/97 -0400, sixties-l@jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU wrote:
>Re. 60s humor effects --don't forget Monty Python!
Don't forget the Brits in general. Just as an infusion of Canadians
revitalized US humor in the 1970s and '80s, the '60s were very affected by
"Beyond the Fringe", Peter Cooke, etc.

But we also had at that time a *regional* humor industry -- Brother Dave,
etc. -- as well as "ethnic" humorists like the Black comics, Dom DeLuise
(unless he's later), etc., which tends to get ignored in offiical histories.
Then there's Tom Lehrer, who stopped doing humor at the height of the
Vietnam War because "it wasn't funny anymore", but returned later. There's a
sense in which Mort Sahl was a regional humorist (SF Bay Area at first).
Then there's Lord Buckley who was an anti-regional humorist. (He wasn't
allowed to perform in New York City because he'd been arrested for marijuana
possession in 1943.)

Tom Condit