Stan Freberg, Satire Legend

This week on From the Vault we pay homage to comedic legend Stan Freberg, who passed away on April 7th, 2015. From humble beginnings in Pasadena, California, Freberg went to Hollywood at the age of eighteen, and quickly made a name for himself as a master satirist, animation voice actor, and radio personality. Freberg’s legacy is evident throughout Hollywood more than ever today, influencing the likes of Monty PythonSouth ParkMad Men, and even the hosts of American late-night television comedy.

Today, we’ll listen to excerpts from three different Stan Freberg recordings:The Stan Freberg Show from August 11th, 1957, as broadcast by legendary KPFK overnight host Roy Tuckman and old-time radio show enthusiast Bobb Lynes; the comedy album “Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years” as broadcast during KPFA’s 1964 Fourth of July programming special; and KPFK host John Schneider’s 1999 interview complete with some of Freberg’s best comedy routines.

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