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DAVID BRENNER <br> Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper? <br> 1983 (MCA Records - Out of Print)

Details: MCA 5457, stereo, rainbow label, 1983.

Condition: Vinyl NM (very clean!!), Jacket VG++ (very good except for small hole punch in bottom right corner)

Out of Print and Not Available as CD.

From the All Music Guide:
In the early '80s, David Brenner was riding high, with a semi-regular gig guesting on The Tonight Show and a best-selling book. By all measures, he was a successful comedian, but to that point he had never released a comedy album despite being given the chance several times. Finally, someone convinced him to say yes by offering him the chance to do something unique -- instead of a standard comedy album, his album would contain readings from his recently released book, mixed up with related bits from his standup act. It's true that the end result was a bit different, even though the dicing up of studio and live material had already been done in the previous few years by other comedians like George Carlin and Firesign Theatre. Where Brenner puts his mark on this particular kind of album is in the studio bits; instead of uproariously funny bits from his book, most of them added touches of nostalgia or even sentimentality, for a more human touch. Additionally, instead of just yakking about his mom and dad (as other comedians would do), he actually invited them to play themselves on the album, which is certainly a much nicer touch than spitting out yet another clichéd dad joke. Most of the album is good, even if it isn't the pinnacle of comedy -- in fact, the album doesn't really reach its peak until closer to the end of side two, where he goes into a discussion about New York and Los Angeles, with the best part undoubtedly his tale about trying to get a hamburger at 2 a.m. in L.A.

The tracks are:
1 Words of Wisdom 1:08
2 Old Neighborhood 2:27
3 Big Mistake 3:30
4 Mothers and Fathers 6:09
5 Fatherly Advice :12
6 Sleep 1:06
7 Radio Contest 6:03
8 Introductions 1:15
9 One Wish :08
10 Evangelist :39
11 Mrs. Dead Pigeon 2:31
12 Bird Envy :15
13 French Train :37
14 First Album :41
15 Beb's Mad Dog 1:58
16 My Old Dog 1:24
17 School 2:52
18 Miss Abromowitz 5:06
19 National Geographic :23
20 Five Timers :41
21 Silence :13
22 Marriage :50
23 N.Y., N.Y. 4:32
24 Obit :20
25 Favorite Joke 2:25

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