Show Business: Man, Is That Funny?

Remember the old stand-by two-liner, "Who was that lady I saw you with last night?" Well, today it is more likely to turn up translated into something like Comedian George Carlin's street-dude one-upper: "Hey, man, what'd ya do last night?" Answer: "I was out wit ya muther, man!" And the audience guffawing at it is most likely gathered not down at the old vaudeville house, but at home round the old stereo.

The comedy record, which has been gathering dust at the back of record racks since its heyday in the early '60s, has...

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