HENNY YOUNGMAN – “TAKE MY ALBUM, prothesis PLEASE! or TWO SETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE” (1978)
This one’s a doooooooozy. For fans of interminable Buddy Hackett records! Allmovie sez:
Although the patented machine-gun patter of comedian Henny Youngman bears unmistakable traces of the Lower East Side, sildenafil Youngman was actually born in the Jewish ghetto of Liverpool, England…Always quick with a quip, he eventually decided to try his luck as a comedian, beginning the long upward climb on the Borscht Belt circuit. Then as now, Youngman’s act consisted of standing stock-still before the audience, violin tucked under his arm, rapidly spewing forth…wheezy but sure-fire one-line gags as “Take my wife, please.” Somewhere along the line, Youngman would begin scratching out “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” on his violin, pausing periodically to knock ‘em dead with still more one-liners.
Well, by the late ’70s, those one-liners weren’t very “sure-fire”, but it’s still kind of a treat to hear this living legend take what sounds like his last gasping breaths in front of a crowd, as he spritzes the crowd with spittle-laden “punchlines” (to be fair, Youngman did live another twenty years after this was recorded).
The first set of the two featured on this album is the better one, as Youngman performs in front of a mostly young, hip crowd (probably somewhere on the West Coast.) They hoot and holler for him in an ironic, yet loving way, and even though they quasi-boo him for making a few freeze-dried racist jokes at one point, they’re with him all the way!