“It Only Hurts When I Laugh”

April 8th, 2015

 

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Sad news this morning…The great comedian and satirist Stan Freberg, who was also successful as an actor (and voice over actor), recording artist, puppeteer, advertising creative director and radio personality, died yesterday at the age of 88. His career was filled with artistry and courage. His comic recordings were always hilarious and often biting – his mocking of Senator Joseph McCarthy, for example, made his bosses at Capitol Records so nervous that it led to an internal discussion in which he was asked if he had ever belonged to a “disloyal” group. Freberg’s answer? “Well…I have been for many years a card-carrying member of the Mickey Mouse Club!”

For more about this remarkable man, read Douglas Martin’s tribute to him in the New York Times

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Freberg’s spoof of The Lawrence Welk Show

 

Freberg appears with Dick Cavett, where he vents about the Vietnam War

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Freberg’s 1988 book

 

 

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