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Mort Sahl has been described as one of the greatest political and social satirists of the 20th century. Sahl wrote jokes for President John F. Kennedy and helped host the 1959 Academy Awards. When his face adorned the cover of Time magazine, its headline hailed him as the "patriarch of a new school of comedians." A bootleg copy of one of Sahl's performances is preserved in the Library of Congress as "the first recording of modern stand-up comedy." And it was Mort Sahl who inspired an 18-year-old Woody Allen to become a stand-up comedian. Speaking of Sahl's style in a 2012 interview, Allen said, "It just completely changed the history of comedy, if one could use the cliché, it changed the face of an art form."
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By Bryan on 04-16-18
Timeless Commentary on American Politics
What did you love best about Mort Sahl's America?
How Mr. Sahl's intellect and wry observational wit vizierates American politics, politicians and voters.
Have you listened to any of Mort Sahl and Eugene McCarthy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
First listen to Sahl's commentary, then to find it more insightful and hilarious during a second listen, swap out the names with current Politicos. An eerily predictive and sadly accurate assessment of modern American politics...only the names have changed.