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The Incomparable Stan Freberg

August 12, 2010 |  1:24 am



 
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Young persons: If you have never heard of Stan Freberg, you are in for a delight. His comedy sketches from the 1950s and ’60s were sharp, clever and polished and many of them make “Saturday Night Live” look like a high school talent show.   Speaking of talent, Freberg had the best: June Foray (the voice of Rocky the Squirrel and Natasha Fatale) and Daws Butler (the voice of Quick Draw McGraw and Yogi Bear). [Note: a previous version of this post said Yogi Berra. We should know better. We remember Yogi Berra and Yogi Bear and we remember the difference unless we are having a senior moment].

By 1960, Freberg, Butler and animator Bob Clampett had worked on “Time for Beany” a  popular children’s show in the early days of television (be warned: The shows are primitive). Freberg had also pioneered a series of comedy records like “St. George and the Dragonet” (with Foray and Butler)  and hosted a radio show that was canceled after 15 episodes.

In the first of a three-part series from August 1960, Freberg tells the Mirror’s Ursula Baumann “I’d like to become a great humorist.”  In fact, he already was one.

Fortunately, much of Freberg’s material is available at archive.org, like his 1957 show on CBS. Freberg also created a series of comedy ads for Chun King Chow Mein, like this one from 1966.



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Aug. 8, 1960, Freberg
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