Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Great (???) Bob and Ray Practical Joke

Stan Freberg here. The great comedy team Bob and Ray were friends of mine. I have a funny story about what they once did to me as a practical joke, after this. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. Once, my friends Bob and Ray, who did a morning radio show in New York, got a hold of my home phone number and called me in California at 5 in the morning. I groggily picked up the phone. "Hello?"

"Hi, Stan, this is Bob and Ray, all of Manhattan is waiting for you to say something funny!" I said, "Do you guys know what time it is?" They said, "'Do you guys know what time it is,' Ha-haaa, didn't we tell you Freberg was a hilarious guy? As a matter of fact, Stan, the old clock on the wall says 8 a.m." I said, "No, it's 5 a.m. on the West Coast, there's a 3-hour difference." Bob said, "Ray, have you ever heard of a time difference of 3 hours?" I hung up, really irritated.

Would you believe the next morning there was my 5:00 wake-up call from Bob and Ray! And all of New York listened to this dubious gag of waking Freberg out of a sound sleep.

The third morning, I set the alarm for 4:00, got up, made coffee, wrote a page of jokes, and sat by the phone. You know what? They never called.

Years later, when Bob and Ray and myself appeared on a TV comedy special, I told them about how I was all ready for them on the third morning. "Why didn't you call me?" I asked.

Ray smiled. "Oh, we knew you'd be all ready for us the third morning. That's why we never called back, heh-heh."

Some joke, eh? I always thought they were hilarious when they weren't waking me up.

Stan Freberg here.

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