This is the album Woody Allen fans have been clambering for! Originally issued
on vinyl by Casablanca Records in 1979, Standup Comic is available on CD
for the first time.
The 25 tracks here Allens only recordings as a standup comedian
are taken from three live performances recorded in 1964, 1965 and 1968. Woody
was then honing the persona that would bring him world fame through his films.
Standup Comic, like his later films, is frequently autobiographical, touching
upon such themes as sexual neuroses, disfunctional families and life in New
York that were portrayed so memorably in films like Annie Hall and
A few examples of Woodys inspired humour:-
"I was breast-fed from falsies I was scarred emotionally!"
"My Rabbi became a TV personality
he tried to name the Ten Commandments
but ended up naming the Seven Dwarfs."
"I cannot tolerate alcohol. Once, after two martinis, I tried to hijack an
elevator and fly it to Cuba!"
"My sunlamp rains on me and my clock goes backwards."
"I had a really deep cavity in a tooth my dentist sent me to a
"I am always polite and non-combative. A guy hit my fender. I said to him
Be fruitful and multiply - but not in those words."
On income tax "I tried to put my analyst down as a business expense
but the government said it was entertainment so we compromised on it as a
"My grandfather was very reserved. His hearse followed all the other cars"
"I was kidnapped. When the news reached home, they let my room. The kidnappers
told my father they wanted $1,000 in a hole in a tree; the $1000 was OK but
he got a hernia carrying the tree."
"I played softball for neurotics bed-wetters vs naiI-biters"
Much of the material is inspired, particularly the saga of the moose. Woody
shoots and thinks he kills it, straps it to his fender and ends up taking
it to a fancy dress party where it is miffed when a couple dressed as a moose
I will confess to being an incurable Woody Allen fan, hence the top marks