NICHOLS & MAY – 2 albums
Mike Nichols and Elaine May met at the University of Chicago where they created a dramatic style of comedy that was based more on character and motivation than snappy patter and gags. Their formula was really pretty simple: they took every opportunity to expose our flaws. Technology and psychology couldn’t stand up against imperfect human emotions in their routines. In 1960, diagnosis they starred in their own Broadway show after they gained immense popularity in New York. They split up soon afterward, both going on to direct films and occasionally reteaming for charity events.
And, Allmusic sez:
Within their dialogues, Nichols and May unleash a dry, acerbic, and consistently intellectual humor. Their dialogues are deeply rooted in astute observations of the absurdities that perpetually bombard the modern everyman. A noir reality tethers the off-centered sense of humor that drives Nichols and May throughout these scenes. The banter that effortlessly flows between them in and of itself is not filled with jokes. In fact, there are probably more awkward silences than straightforward jokes. What is undeniably funny is the lethal accuracy of the realistic portrayals of the characters…
This duo’s effortless charisma and ability never fails to bring a smile to my face. You may have also heard the names of these two, for they both went onto prominent film directing careers [Mike Nichols = The Graduate, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl; Elaine May = The Heartbreak Kid (original), Mikey & Nicky, Ishtar (yes, that Ishtar)].