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Early 1900s Comedy Routines
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Comedy Routines
Comedy routines were a common genre of recorded sound in the early 1900s. The vast majority of them used caricatures based on ethnicity, race, and geography. Comedy routines that depict racial stereotypes are covered in the Diversity section. Other ethnic and rural comedy routines are presented here. Most notable is a large collection of "Uncle Josh" routines performed by Cal Stewart. This topic will be covered in more detail in the future. In the meantime, this archive is presented.
 
"Schultz" by Frank Kennedy (ethnic humor)
"Schultz's Advice to Men" by Frank Kennedy (1898)
sound "Schultz's Advice to Men" (1898)
"Schultz's View on Fire Insurance" by Frank Kennedy (1898)
sound "Schultz's View on Fire Insurance" (1898)
"Schultz's Wedding Trip" by Frank Kennedy (1898)
sound "Schultz's Wedding Trip" (1898)
"Schultz at the Paris Exposition" by Frank Kennedy (1900)
sound "Schultz at the Paris Exposition" (1900)
"Schultz On How To Bring Up Children" by Frank Kennedy (1900)
sound "Schultz On How To Bring Up Children" (1900)
"Schultz On Malaria" by Frank Kennedy (1901)
sound "Schultz On Malaria" (1901)
       
 
"Uncle Josh" by Cal Stewart (rural humor)
"Uncle Josh and the Lightning Rod Agent" by Cal Stewart (1902)
sound "Uncle Josh and the Lightning Rod Agent" (1902)
"Uncle Josh at the Museum" by Cal Stewart (1902)
sound "Uncle Josh at the Museum" (1902)
"Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York" by Cal Stewart (1902)
sound "Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York" (1902)
"Uncle Josh and the Fire Department" (1904)
sound "Uncle Josh and the Fire Department" (1904)
"Uncle Josh at Delmonico's" (1904)
sound "Uncle Josh at Delmonico's" (1904)
"Uncle Josh on a Bicycle" (1907)
sound "Uncle Josh on a Bicycle" (1907)
"Uncle Josh Joins The Grangers" (1907)
sound "Uncle Josh Joins The Grangers" (1907)
"Uncle Josh at a Ball Game" (1908)
sound "Uncle Josh at a Ball Game" (1908)
"Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York" (1908)
sound "Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York" (1908)
"Uncle Josh at a Camp Meeting" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh at a Camp Meeting" (1909)
"Uncle Josh at the Dentist" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh at the Dentist" (1909)
"Uncle Josh in a Roller Skating Rink" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh in a Roller Skating Rink" (1909)
"Uncle Josh in Society" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh in Society" (1909)
"Uncle Josh Invites The City Folks To Visit Him On The Farm" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh Invites The City Folks To Visit Him On The Farm" (1909)
"Uncle Josh on a Fifth Avenue Bus" (1909)
sound "Uncle Josh on a Fifth Avenue Bus" (1909)
"Uncle Josh in a Chinese Laundry" (1910)
sound "Uncle Josh in a Chinese Laundry" (1910)
"Uncle Josh in a Barber Shop" (1913)
sound "Uncle Josh in a Barber Shop" (1913)
"Uncle Josh Keeps House" (1913)
sound "Uncle Josh Keeps House" (1913)
"Uncle Josh's Huskin' Bee (Take 2)" (1913)
sound "Uncle Josh's Huskin' Bee (Take 2)" (1913)
"War Talk at Pun'kin Center" (1914)
sound "War Talk at Pun'kin Center" (1914)
"Uncle Josh in a Barber Shop" (1915)
sound "Uncle Josh in a Barber Shop" (1915)
"Train Time at Pun'kin Center" (1915)
sound "Train Time at Pun'kin Center" (1915)
"Uncle Josh and Nancy Put Up The Kitchen Stove" (1919)
sound "Uncle Josh and Nancy Put Up The Kitchen Stove" (1919)
"Uncle Josh and the Bug House" (1919)
sound "Uncle Josh and the Bug House" (1919)
"Uncle Josh and the Labor Union" (1919)
sound "Uncle Josh and the Labor Union" (1919)
"Uncle Josh Takes the Census" (1921)
sound "Uncle Josh Takes the Census" (1921)
       
 
Other Comedy Routines
"The German's Arrival" by Frank Wilson (1906)
sound "The German's Arrival" by Frank Wilson (1906)
"Through a Hole in the Fence" by Murry K. Hill (1911)
sound "Through a Hole in the Fence" by Murry K. Hill (1911)
Insurance Scene
sound "Insurance Scene" by Joe Weber & Lew Fields (1912)
"Singing Scene" by Joe Weber & Lew Fields (1912)
sound "Singing Scene" by Joe Weber & Lew Fields (1912)
"Wilhelm, the Grocer" by Ada Jones (1913)
sound "Wilhelm, the Grocer" by Ada Jones (1913)
"Happy Tho' Married" by Fred Duprez (1913)
sound "Happy Tho' Married" by Fred Duprez (1913)
"The 'Humoreske' Song" by Walter Van Brunt (1915)
sound "The 'Humoreske' Song" by Walter Van Brunt (1915)
"The Village Gossips" by Cal Stewart & Byron G. Harlan (1915)
sound "The Village Gossips" by Cal Stewart & Byron G. Harlan (1915)
"Pineville School Board" by Charles Ross Taggart (1916)
sound "Pineville School Board" by Charles Ross Taggart (1916)
"The Professor's Birthday" by Avon Comedy Four (1916)
sound "The Professor's Birthday" by Avon Comedy Four (1916)
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Last modified July 11, 2012