I know what you thought -- you saw the name Tom Lehrer and thought "Shit! Obit thread! I loved that guy!" Well, sailor, it's your lucky day because he's not dead yet, he's 86 years old and still hanging in there. At least that's what this surprisingly in-depth and clickbait free article at BuzzFeed has to say
. He's notoriously shy of interviews and did not do one for the reporter here, nevertheless you'll learn all about his brief-but-illustrious career and why he tossed it all away at a relatively young age. [more inside]
posted by briank
on Apr 10, 2014 -
was a DJ on KCRW in Los Angeles. In the 80's he had a comedy show called Funny Stuff and he would interview comedians. He has many of these interviews online as mp3s. He interviewed Tom Lehrer
, Douglas Adams
, Danny Arnold
(a.k.a. Barney Miller), Peter Cook
, Terry Jones
, two interviews with John Cleese, one solo
and another with Michael Palin
, Emo Philips
, Billy Connolly
, Mort Sahl
, Quentin Crisp
, "Brother Theodore" Gottlieb
, June Foray and Bill Scott
(a.k.a. Rocky and Bullwinkle and an epic five-part interview with Stan Freberg
, the subject of my last post
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 27, 2009 -
"I don't want to satirise George Bush and his puppeteers, I want to vaporise them."
The unsubtle words of legendary musical satirist Tom Lehrer
in a new interview for an Australian newspaper. (The interviewer notes: "he quickly adds: 'And that's not funny.'"...several paragraphs later.) The man who gave us "The Vatican Rag" and "The Masochism Tango", not to mention the recently MeFi-ed "The Elements"
, before being mostly quiet for 30-some years (His last interview I found on the web was with The Onion in '00
) sounds off on the sorry state of satire, plus a look at his 'controversial' Australian tour in 1960, and some words about America's space program that a lot of y'all ain't gonna like...
posted by wendell
on Mar 1, 2003 -
Retires – Tom Lehrer has finally hung it up as a math lecturer at my alma mater, UC Santa Cruz. I couldn't find a web link specifically about that, but thought it was OK to use a link about the man himself. My Banana Slug Bulletin said he retired so it must be true.
posted by Kafkaesque
on Jul 26, 2001 -