Books: Loony Logic

WRITE IF YOU GET WORK: THE BEST OF BOB & RAY by BOB ELLIOTT and RAY GOULDING 177 pages. Random House. $6.95.

Deadpan parodists work perilously close to their targets. If they miscalculate, they may be mistaken for the real thing. But if they maintain just enough distance, they can cause the real thing to be mistaken for them. This explains why half the shows on radio and TV nowadays sound suspiciously like Bob & Ray spoofs. In their 29 years as a comedy team — mostly on radio, with excursions into TV and...

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