Is that what's botherin' ya, bunky?
March 31, 2014 1:06 PM Subscribe
You say you just learned of the passing of comedian Eddie Lawrence last week at the age of 95?
posted by oneswellfoop (22 comments total)
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He was best known for his 1956 routine "The Old Philosopher"
, in which he gloomily described a litany of sometimes absurdly funny mishaps then changed gears into a cheerleading chant ending in "NEVER GIVE UP (BANG! BANG!) THAT SHIP!*" It was a big hit single (and Dr. Demento staple**) and led to a series of follow-ups, including "Son of the Old Philosopher"
, the Christmas-themed "Merry Old Philosopher"
, "The Radio DJ's Old Philosopher"
(filled with inside-the-biz jokes) and "The Old Philosopher On The Range"
, as well as radio commercials based on the bit: "Leave It To (John) Leavitt"***
He had a long career on radio, documented in this 2011 interview
And he did many other comedy records, none as popular as Old Phil, including "The Good Old Days (Rock and Roll!)"
(an old fogey rants on the 'good old days' as of 1958) and "What Do You Want for Christmas? (I Want a Jagwa)"
(a Santa's Lap worst case scenario).
One routine, "Abner the Baseball" was adapted into a theatrical cartoon
, leading to a second career writing and doing voices for toons, more recently for Mark Evanier's Garfield series
This is The Old MetaFilterer, saying "Good night, Eddie."
*always precisely popping the P in SHIP to avoid being misheard, though his younger fans often happily did so anyway.
**Here he is performing it a few years ago at a "Dr. Demento Live" stage show.
***NOT MeFi's Own The Whelk