Musical Comedy

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Join us today for a programme of the hilarious, the ingenious and the just plain daft as we present a programme of musical comedy and novelty records.

Musical comedy as a genre is one that we usually leave to my colleague Mr Edward Pearse (writes Elrik Merlin), but once in a while I like to present my own approach to the genre, which in fact crosses over surprisingly little with my esteemed colleague’s programming in this area.

Thus today you’ll hear a broad mix of pieces mostly written with their tongues firmly in their cheeks, or at least with some kind of sense of humour. You’ll hear Spike Jones and other ‘novelty records’ of the 30s and 40s, a musical joke from Mozart, Le Carnaval des Animaux from Saint‐Saëns, the hilarious compositions of PDQ Bach (aka Peter Schickele) and his approximate British equivalent Gerard Hoffnung, the marvellous songs of Flanders and Swann, off‐the‐wall renditions of familiar songs via early electronic instruments by Perrey & Kingsley, a touch of Victor Borge, and much more including The Muffin Men, Rondellus and… well, you’ll just have to find out, won’t you.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world.


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