Sunday, December 30, 2018

Comedy Showcase Nostalgia: The Stand-up Comedy Stylings of Lee Tully


Lee Tully was a Chicago born performer who found fame in the Catskills, the Jewish Alps in the late 1940s. As he wrote so evocatively in his record album liner notes “It was in this scene of minks, wolves, canasta, chopped liver, borscht, and sour cream that he discovered heartburn which led him to write his first record hit “Essen” which became the number one Yiddish seller in the country.”

Tully began doing "kosher comedy." Yiddish Eli Basse songs such as "Oomglick Blues" and "Litvak and Galitz" turn up on his first album, "Seltzer on the Rocks." He expanded for more mainstream comedy for his two-record contract with Jubilee, which coincided with his expanded touring all over America.

Here's a video of Lee Tully performing on The Hollywood Palace hosted by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1967.

Enjoy!

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