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Can You Top This OTR Old Time Radio Shows OTRS MP3 CD-R 40 Episodes

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Can You Top This? was a popular radio panel show in which comedians told jokes and tried to top one another. The unrehearsed program, sponsored at one point by Colgate-Palmolive, was...

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Can You Top This? was a popular radio panel show in which comedians told jokes and tried to top one another. The unrehearsed program, sponsored at one point by Colgate-Palmolive, was created by veteran vaudevillian "Senator" Edward Hastings Ford, who claimed he was taking part in a joke session at a New York theatrical club when he conceived the idea. However, the format was quite similar to a prior joke-telling radio series, Stop Me If You've Heard This One (1939–40), which featured Ford and cartoonist Harry Hershfield as panelists. Many jokes involved ethnic humor told in dialect.

Listeners contributed approximately 3,000 jokes a week. Host Peter Donald told the best of these jokes, each one centered on a different topic, while a "laugh meter" took note of the audience reaction. The "Knights of the Clown Table" - Ford, Hershfield and Joe Laurie, Jr. - attempted to top listeners with their own jokes, which sometimes presented an extra challenge as their jokes had to be pertinent to the topic.

Any submission used on the program received ten dollars. Each time a panelist failed to top Peter Donald's joke (as registered on the laugh meter which went as high as 1000), an additional five dollars was added, so a listener could potentially win as much as $25, though on many occasions Donald's jokes would score perfect 1000s which would guarantee the top prize to the submitter regardless of how the rest of the panel fared. Further, listeners were also given phonograph recordings of Peter Donald telling their jokes on the air. The panelists claimed that together they knew over 15,000 jokes.

Can You Top This? debuted on New York's WOR radio in 1940. NBC picked up the show in 1942, and it continued 12 more years. Hosts at one time or another included Peter Donald, Ward Wilson, Roger Bower and Dennis James.


Includes 40 Episodes!

MP3 Episodes On This CD:

Can You Top This 420421 - Why Does a Chicken Cross the Road [240].mp3
Can You Top This 450815 - I Just Saw a Sign in a Barber Shop...[240].mp3
Can You Top This 460726 - The Services [000].mp3
Can You Top This 470705 - First Topic - Secretary.mp3
Can You Top This 470705 - Sadie DeKal, the Brooklyn Bombshell... [442].mp3
Can You Top This 470726 - A Woman Moved into a New Apartment [000].mp3
Can You Top This 470726 - First Topic - Service.mp3
Can You Top This 470809 - Second Half Only, First Topic - Health.mp3
Can You Top This 471107 - A Traveling Salesman on the Road Happened to Be Selling Winshield Wipers [000].mp3
Can You Top This 471128 - First Topic - Psychiatry.mp3
Can You Top This 471205 - First Topic - Indignation.mp3
Can You Top This 471205 - Mrs Mulvaney Had Been Working at a Church Bazaar [382].mp3
Can You Top This 480430 - First Topic - Barbers.mp3
Can You Top This 480514 - Hats [000].mp3
Can You Top This 490403 - First Topic - Salesmen.mp3
Can You Top This 540514 - Ajax Cassidy is Having a Little Refreshment [000].mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Advertising - ( Rebroadcast 74-12-12).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Automobile - ( Rebroadcast 74-11-07).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Bragging - (Rebroadcast 75-02-05).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Campaign - ( Rebroadcast 74-12-5).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Conceit - (Rebroadcast 75 -01-16).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Customer - (Rebroadcast 75-03-13).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Economy - (Rebroadcast 74-10-24).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - First Topic - Suggestion.mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Ghosts - (Rebroadcast 74-11-28).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Help - (Rebroadcast 74-11-03).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Information - ( Rebroadcast 75-02-01).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Jail.mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Jobs - Rebroadcast 75-02-13).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Little 7 Year Old Dennis James Was Sent to Barbershop [474].mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Mishap - (Rebroadcast 75-03-06).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Panhandler - Rebroadcast 74-12-26).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Punishment - (Rebroadcast 74-10-17).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Quarrel - (Rebroadcast 75-01-30).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Railroads - (rebroadcast 74-9-19).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Receptions - ( Rebroadcast 74-11-21).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Reprimands- ( rebroadcast 74-09-26).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Sailor - ( Rebroadcast 75-02-20).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Tramp - (Rebroadcast 75-02-23).mp3
Can You Top This xxxxxx - Treatment - (Rebroadcast 75-02-27).mp3

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Can You Top This OTR Old Time Radio Shows OTRS MP3 CD-R 40 Episodes

$ 4.85 USD