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Bob Elliott (1923-2016)


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Bob Elliott, one half of the legendary Bob and Ray comedy team, has died at the age of 92. He succumbed to throat cancer on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

 

His longtime partner, Ray Goulding, died in 1990 at the age of 68.

 

The duo's style of sketch comedy inspired numerous comedians, including David Letterman, Jay Leno and George Carlin. They never failed to crack up Johnny Carson during their occasional appearances on "The Tonight Show."

 

Although their roots were in radio, Elliott and Goulding also made a transition to television. Here's a clip from "The Bob & Ray Show," their 15-minute NBC variety series that ran from 1951 to 1953.

 

 

 

Elliott appeared in the movies "Author! Author!" (1982), "Quick Change" (1990) and "Cabin Boy" (1994). The latter film starred his son Chris, who co-wrote it.

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-comic-bob-elliott-dies-20160203-story.html

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Comedy became the family trade. Chris Elliott was a writer for NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman" in the 1980s. He also made occasional appearances as himself and various characters, including the Guy Under the Seats (who supposedly lived in Letterman's studio). Elliott then starred in his own sitcom on the FOX network, "Get a Life" (1990-92). Bob Elliott played Chris' father on the series.

 

 

Chris Elliott also was a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" during the 1994-1995 season. His daughter Abby got the comedy bug and became a regular on the late-night series from 2008 to 2012. She now stars on the Bravo comedy series "Odd Mom Out."

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWkS_GWripE

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Here's another bit from Bob and Ray's 1950s comedy show on NBC. Audrey Meadows was their supporting player until she left in 1952 to co-star on Jackie Gleason's TV show as Alice Kramden in "The Honeymooners" segments. Her replacement: a former beauty queen from Iowa named Cloris Leachman.

 

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In addition to Abby, there's another Elliott who's joined the family business. Chris' youngest daughter Bridey Lee (née Bridget) is a promising comedienne, actress, writer and director. She's also a hoot on Twitter. 

 

Her comedy picture "Affections" was nominated at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize.

 

Here she is in a Super Bowl-related bit from a few years ago:

 

 

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Aw so sad!

I love Bob & Ray's radio comedy when my local station plays it late nights on their "retro radio" show. They both certainly were unique talents.

 

I'm just glad so many of their routines exist on YouTube. Their bits are hysterical!

 

 

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