Posted ByGerry O. on December 03, 2001 at 16:57:52:
In Reply to: Re: two versions of shows posted bykurt on December 03, 2001 at 15:38:59:
: Up to the time that Jack's shows were transcribed on tape (I don't think this occurred until he went to CBS in 1949) his, like all major radio programs, had an East Coast and a West Coast broadcast. The East Coast heard the program Sunday nights at 7; the West Coast heard the broadcast Sundays at 9. There are a few tapes around of both the East and West Coast broadcasts (I have the two broadcasts of Dec. 17, 1939). Typically, the writers would revise a gag or two.
Yes, it's quite interesting...It's almost as if the writers got together for coffee between the two broadcasts and decided what lines did and didn't get laughs. Sometimes the lines are reading inflections are a bit different in the later broadcast as compared to the first broadcast. Even MORE interesting are the occassional ad-libs in the later broadcast which refer to the first broadcast...For instance, Mary will say a line which doesn't get a big laugh, then Jack will ad-lib, "Gee that's funny...that went over much better at the FIRST show!"