The live Nichols and May record was done up in Massachusetts, maybe Cape Cod, where they rehearsed
the show before taking it to Broadway. There's a picture in the Gatefold of engineer Bob Eberenz.
Bob and Bill Decker (my father's old neighbor in Rockland County, who often drove the Fine Recording
truck to locations, as the recording team would fly in or drive separately) took the truck up there
and taped all the rehearsals. Nichols and May then picked their favorite parts to get a complete
show and I think Bob edited the master together.
I don't know how long the Nichols and May show ran on Broadway but it did survive the opening
One thing that's interesting about that "smart" flavor of comedy from the early 60's is how much it
was copied a decade later by National Lampoon. Stuff like "Laugh-In" was more juvenile, pretty silly
by today's standards. Perhaps more clever than late-60's sit-com humor, but not by much.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Stamler" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Two more extreme record collecting geeks
> On 2/19/2013 7:03 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> First Family was definitely the biggest comedy thing done at Fine
>> Recording, but Nichols and May were also successful. They made most of
>> their Mercury records at the studio.
> Interesting -- I know most of the material on "N & M Examine Doctors" was made for the NBC radio
> program "Monitor", but I didn't realize they'd done it out-of-house. And who did the "An Evening
> With..." remote? Or was that done with an invited audience at Fine?