Ref NoBSUCA/JP/1/1/6/2
CollectionJohn Pidgeon Collection
TitleLaughing Matters with Rita Rudner (as broadcast)
Name of creatorPidgeon, John, 1947-2016
DateMarch 1995
Duration2 hr. 0 min. 39 sec.
Extent1 sound cassette (DAT 124)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format
DescriptionLaughing Matters' with Rita Rudner (edited programme as broadcast on British Airways Radio).
[00:05] Introduction, [00:15] Clip of Rodney Dangerfield. [03:19] Clip ends, Rita Rudner [RR] discusses the Young Comedians special. [04:10] Clip of Rita Rudner plays.
[06:38] Clip ends, RR discusses being compared to Gracie Allen, George Burns and Gracie Allen. [07:13] Clip of Burns and Allen plays. [09:32] Clip ends, RR discusses. [09:44] Steve Martin. [10:01] Clip of Steve Martin plays. [12:16] Clip ends, RR discusses. [12:39] Laughing Matters Jingle.
[12:50] Blackadder, [13:08] Clip of Blackadder plays. [22:25] Clip ends, RR talks about Fawlty Towers. [22:55] Clip of Fawlty Towers plays. [28:29] Clip ends, RR discusses.
[28:49] Fry & Laurie [28:55] Clip of Fry & Laurie plays. [31:27] Clip ends, RR discusses double acts [32:05] French & Saunders [32:13] Clip of French & Saunders. [35:52] Clip ends, RR discusses women in comedy in the US and the UK. [36:16] Victoria Wood [36:19] Clip of Victoria Wood plays. [41:24] Clip ends, RR discusses how Victoria Wood references English things.
[42:06] Billy Connolly [42:14] Clip of Billy Connolly plays. [49:04] Clip ends, Laughing Matters jingle plays.
[49:12] Clip of Denis Miller plays. [53:53] Clip ends, RR discusses Denis Miller’s political humour. [54:49] People ask RR why she doesn’t do topical comedy, Woody Allen & Nichols and May are timeless [55:18] Clip of Nichols and May plays. [58:47] Clip ends, RR discusses Elaine May and Mike Nichols. [59:52] British Airways Radio jingle plays.
[01:00:35] RR talks about hecklers. [01:02:21] Woody Allen was RR’s first writing influence [01:03:18] Clip of Woody Allen plays. [01:06:41] Clip ends, RR discusses, [Jack] Rollins and [Charles] Joffe told her Woody Allen preferred writing than performing.
[01:08:20] Clip of Joan Rivers plays. [01:16:06] Clip ends, RR talks about female comedians at the time, [01:16:17] clip of Phyllis Diller plays. [01:21:17] Clip ends, RR discusses. [01:21:38] Clip of Rita Rudner plays. [01:22:28] Clip ends. [01:22:38] Laughing Matters jingle plays.
[01:22:44] Barry Humphreys was introduced to Americans as different characters [01:23:04] Clip of Barry Humphreys as Les Patterson plays. [01:30:22] Clip ends, RR discusses seeing him as Dame Edna, and how Americans didn’t understand the Les Patterson character. [01:31:52] Rowan Atkinson, Broadway show didn’t catch on. [01:32:05] Clip of Rowan Atkinson plays. [01:35:39] Clip ends, [01:35:45] Clip of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore plays.
[01:39:15] Clip ends, RR discusses the importance of Broadway shows and record sales in America. [01:39:40] RR discusses that Dudley Moore is starring in her new movie. [01:39:51] RR discusses the script for Temecula. [01:40:28] Her husband Martin Bergman is directing it.
[01:41:24] Clip of The Hee Bee Gee Bees plays [01:44:40] Clip ends, RR discusses. [01:44:51] Laughing Matters jingle plays.
[01:44:59] Spinal Tap [01:45:28] Clip of Spinal Tap plays. [01:50:37] Clip ends, RR discusses. [01:51:02] RR says she likes serious comedians rather than physical comedy [01:51:26] Johnny Carson, David Steinberg on The Smothers Brothers Show, [01:51:39] Clip of the Smothers Brothers [Tom and Dick Smothers] plays. [01:56:15] Clip ends, RR discusses the Smothers Brothers. [01:56:25] she saw Albert Brooks on the Tonight Show. [01:57:15] Clip of Albert Brooks plays.
[02:00:24] British Airways Radio jingle
NotesLPCM wave 16 bit 48kHz. Digital Audio Tape (DAT) captured using a PC running Windows; SPDIF connection via RME PCI card. Digitisation engineer Adrian Finn, Greatbear analogue & digital media ltd. Digital file was topped and tailed.
CategoryAudio recordings
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