Yes, exactly—I was thinking Vaudeville, too. You could look at some of the fin-de-siècle cylinder recordings of performers like Cal Stewart and Ada Jones, some of which are available in the UCSB cylinder archive:
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On Feb 15, 2017, at 1:27 PM, Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Vaudeville always featured music and jokes - I have traditional stand-up comedy from the mid teens- but Vaudeville is much earlier - Mickey
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Early sound recordings of jokes?
I am new to this list-serv and hoping to draw from your collective knowledge. I have fallen down a bit of a rabbit hole trying to answer a fairly straight forward question:
What is the earliest known sound recording of a joke?
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, theories, or sources, I would be most appreciative!
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