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Mark Thomas presents profiles of four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends.

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Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding

Mark Thomas presents profiles of four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends. In the first programme he looks at Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, the original practitioners of the spoof radio show, who influenced at least two generations of comedians, whether they realise it or not.

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3/4. The Firesign Theatre

Continuing his series looking at comedians who broke new ground in radio comedy, Mark Thomas looks at the four-man comedy ensemble formed at a California radio station in the late 60s. The surreal work of the Firesign Theatre continued to defy convention, authority and logic for many decades.

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4/4. National Lampoon

Mark Thomas concludes his series about American radio comedy innovators with the National Lampoon Radio Hour, which ran from 1973-74. It inspired legions of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic, and launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase among others.

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Mark Thomas presents profiles four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends.

1/4. Bob and Ray

He looks at Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, the original practitioners of the spoof radio show - who influenced at least two generations of comedians, whether they realised it or not.

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Mark Thomas presents profiles four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends.

2/4. Stan Freberg

Best known for his parodies of 1950s music, Stan started out doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoons and went on to a career encompassing hit records, his own network radio comedy show and two decades in the advertising industry. Mark dissects the work of one of America's true comic originals.

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Mark Thomas presents profiles four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends.

3/4. The Firesign Theatre

Mark looks at the four-man comedy ensemble formed at a California radio station in the late 1960s. The surreal work of the Firesign Theatre continued to defy convention, authority and logic for many decades.

20060831

Mark Thomas presents profiles four American comedy acts who used the conventions of radio for their own subversive ends.

4/4. National Lampoon

The National Lampoon Radio Hour ran from 1973-74. It inspired legions of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase among others.

01Bob Elliot And Ray Goulding2004080320060828

In the first programme he looks at Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, the original practitioners of the spoof radio show, who influenced at least two generations of comedians, whether they realise it or not.

01Bob Elliot And Ray Goulding2004080320060828

In the first programme he looks at Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, the original practitioners of the spoof radio show, who influenced at least two generations of comedians, whether they realise it or not.

02Stan Freberg2004081020060829

Best known for his parodies of 1950s music, Stan Freberg started out doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoons and went on to a career encompassing hit records, his own network radio comedy show and two decades in the advertising industry.

Mark dissects the work of one of America's true comic originals.

02Stan Freberg2004081020060829

Best known for his parodies of 1950s music, Stan Freberg started out doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoons and went on to a career encompassing hit records, his own network radio comedy show and two decades in the advertising industry.

Mark dissects the work of one of America's true comic originals.

03The Firesign Theatre2004081720060830

Mark looks at the four-man comedy ensemble formed at a California radio station in the late 1960s.

The surreal work of the Firesign Theatre continued to defy convention, authority and logic for many decades.

03The Firesign Theatre2004081720060830

Mark looks at the four-man comedy ensemble formed at a California radio station in the late 1960s.

The surreal work of the Firesign Theatre continued to defy convention, authority and logic for many decades.

04 LASTNational Lampoon2004082420060831

The National Lampoon Radio Hour ran from 1973-74.

It inspired legions of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase among others.

04 LASTNational Lampoon2004082420060831

The National Lampoon Radio Hour ran from 1973-74.

It inspired legions of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase among others.