Too Smart for the Room: The Lord Buckley Story

Lord Buckley was a hipster comedian in the 1950's who influenced many of America's comedic giants. His "hip semantic" renditions of such literary classics as The Raven and The Gettysburg Address delighted audiences, but Buckley caught flack for performing them in an African-American dialect. This half-hour program includes rare archival recordings of Buckley performing, and interviews with Jonathan Winters and Larry Storch, plus sound of a Buckley appearance on Groucho Marx's quiz show. 

This original documentary, produced for KCRW by Jon Kalish and Marty Goldensohn, airs from 2:30-3pm and pre-empts Politics of Culture

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