January 20, 2012 11:42 AM   Subscribe

The Schleppers.
A history of the New York comedy underworld in the 1950s, from WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Featuring Joe Ancis, Jack Roy (aka Rodney Dangerfield), and Lenny Bruce.
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posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:49 AM on January 20, 2012

Roy had struggled onstage, but the comics always had the utmost respect for his material.

posted by DU at 11:57 AM on January 20, 2012

Original sock material -- Bravo!!!

[This is swell; thanks.]
posted by chavenet at 11:59 AM on January 20, 2012

Fantastic - written like one of those pulp novels referenced in the post, and I mean that in a good way. Well worth the headache from the white type on the black background. :-)

I so envy my mom for living in New York during the '50s.
posted by Currer Belfry at 12:01 PM on January 20, 2012

What does "original sock material" mean? Its obviously a compliment. Is it like his material is so good, it is like getting socked in the face or something?
posted by Falconetti at 12:46 PM on January 20, 2012

My guess is a variant of "Sock-O"
posted by mikelieman at 4:22 PM on January 20, 2012

Fabulous post, anazgnos. Thanks.

Well worth the headache from the white type on the black background.

Readability solves this problem elegantly, Currer Belfry. It has improved my Web experience immeasurably.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 4:36 PM on January 20, 2012

Damn, I went looking for this article a little while back and couldn't find it. I blanked out on key information, so, um, oops. Thanks, anazgnos! This article came up on the "WTF with Mark Maron" podcast interview with Chris Rock, and they raved about it. (Mild tangent: Rock is a very smart man who's worked hard at his craft for decades. That interview, where he spoke about comedy for over an hour, was fascinating. Even by WTF standards, it was a great piece.)

Rodney Dangerfield was a well respected, influential figure in American comedy? Really? That's...so fucking cool...though I can't exactly say why.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 4:52 PM on January 20, 2012

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