Jonathan Winters: The Complete Albums 1959-62

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Jonathan Winters was an American comedian, actor, broadcaster, TV presenter, artist, and author who received eight Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album during his career. He had a troubled childhood and developed his comedy persona as a response to his emotional traumas. Winning a talent competition led to a job as a DJ…where his comedy gradually took over the show. He suffered from bi-polar disorder, which contributed to his approach as a pioneer of improvisational stand-up comedy. He had a gift for impressions and mimicry, developing a range of characters that he used in his act. As he said himself, "I was fighting for the fact that you could be funny without telling jokes."

This 3-CD set comprises the complete contents of his first five albums: The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters; Down To Earth; Jonathan Winters In Concert: Here's Jonathan; Another Day, Another World; and Humor Seen Through the Eyes of Jonathan Winters. All of these were recorded in front of a live audience, and include many of the routines that made him famous.

For those unfamiliar with his work, this is a great introduction to a unique entertainer. For those revisiting his work from this period, it's a feast of comedy very much of its era, which laid the groundwork for later performers

Disc 1:

  • Medley: Introduction, Flying Saucers
  • Western
  • Football Game
  • Airline Pilots
  • Used Pet Shop
  • Hip Robin Hood
  • Medley: Super Service Station, Marine Corps
  • Introduction, Horror Movies, Amateur Show, Commercials, Great White Hunter

Disc 2:

  • Introduction, Scratchy, Broadway Musical, Interviews, Prison Scene
  • Opening
  • Test Flight
  • Billy The Kid
  • New Flying Saucer
  • Opening - Portugese Pirate Ship
  • Oldest Airline Stewardess - Maude Frickert
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Driving On The Turnpike - Thoughts Of A Turtle
  • Opening - California
  • The Lost Island

Disc 3:

  • Igor And The Monster
  • New Frontiers, Civil War
  • TV Commercials, American In Paris
  • Moon Map / Ivy Leaguer
  • Human Torpedo
  • Sail Cat
  • My School Days
  • Hungry 'i' Opening
  • Moby Dick & Capt. Arnold
  • Elwood P. Suggins' Automobile
  • Dr. Werner: German Scientist
  • S.S. Robert E. Lee
  • Chief Running Fox
  • Maude Frickett & The Funeral
  • International Folk Singers - Terry Thai (Thailand)
  • International Folk Singers - Lonesome Tom (Western)
  • International Folk Singers - Ivan Korkoffskinovki (Russian)

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