GROUCHO MARX – “AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO MARX” (1972)
Another item that pokes my soft spot for old comedians. Allmusic sez:
In the early 1970s, order Groucho Marx took his one-man show — which, life essentially, he’d been doing, in one form or another, for more than a decade, either on You Bet Your Life or whatever other venue he happened to be working in — on the road. The culmination was this recording (sometimes referred to as An Evening with Groucho Marx) from his appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York, in front of an adoring audience, introduced by Dick Cavett, and accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch at the piano, with his companion Erin Fleming providing the female vocals where necessary. With the Marx Brothers’ movies, it was easy to forget that they had some of the best writers in the business providing them with lines, but as the material was generally built upon their stage personalities, their movie work was representative of the Marxes as artists — by the time Groucho did this performance, at age 81, he had pretty much become his public persona, so this is an honest representation of Groucho Marx unchained, as it were.