Comedy Tonight: The Distinguished Delegate

Here’s another rare political satirical comedy album from the 60’s (as you can guess, I love finding them). The Distinguished Delegate is a concept record which pokes fun at different countries using the United Nations as a centerpiece for the humor. In a quick research for this album I found very little information. I could be wrong, but this seems like a one-off recording. I’m not sure if the ensemble ever made another record.

If you want to credit the artist, get ready for added printing costs. Rather than giving billing to a group, such as The Credibility Gap or Ace Trucking Company, the credit is for Don Cullen, Garry Ferrier, Larry Solway, Herb May, Lorne Lipowitz, Hart Pomerantz, Larry Greene and Stan Jacobson. How’s that for filling up a label?

You won’t know most of these guys, although a couple were nominated for Emmys or had bit parts in some movies. Pomerantz and Lipowitz had the greatest success. They were writers for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and even had an attempt at sketch humor in the Canadian series The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour with a then-very young and pre-SCTV Andrea Martin.

Lipowitz subsequently found legendary status in comedy…as Lorne Michaels.

Give a listen to this early example of Cold War-era political humor as the seeds to the more biting satire of SNL are sown:

The Beginning
Hold That Line
The Distinguished Foreign Minister
The Truce Violator
Gilbert and Sullivan
Man on the Street
The Bagel Thrower
Culture and Mini Skirts
Visitors from Another Planet
Peaceful Co-Existence
The Low Cost of Living
Direct from Cairo
The Congo Affair
Consecutive Translation
Hello Mali
Behind the Scenes at the U.N.
The LBJ Bar B Q
The Nielsen Ratings
The Distinguished Polish Delegate
The U.N. Bowl

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2 Responses to Comedy Tonight: The Distinguished Delegate

  1. Srini says:

    Thanks for making the album accessible – I have not heard this in ages! The first link “The Beginning” points to “Hold that line” as does the second link titled “Hold that line” – can you reload the first link “the beginning” please?

    Many thanks!

    • Jim G says:

      It’s been a long time since this was posted, but…
      Would love to listen to track one, the beginning. The link you have is actually for track two. If possible – thanks!

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