Monday, June 4, 2007

Jackie Vernon - A Man And His Watermelon

In a previous post about a month ago, I made mention of comedian Jackie Vernon in reference to comedian Steven Wright's style of deadpan delivery.

As Jackie Vernon's stand-up routines have kept bubbling up in my memory ever since, I thought I'd post a couple of them here.

Despite the decades that separate them, the similarities between the performance styles of Vernon and Wright are fairly easy to spot, but the comparison might be doing a disservice to the talents of each of them.

So, um, maybe just forget I mentioned it?

From his 1967 LP, 'A Man And His Watermelon, recorded live at the Blue Room of the Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC - -

Listen to:
Jackie Vernon - A Man And His Watermelon
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Listen to:
Jackie Vernon - The Heckler/
How To Meet A Girl

(click for audio)

(Oh, and just in case Vernon's topical reference throws you, Dean Rusk was U.S. Secretary of State under Kennedy and Johnson, from 1961 - '69, known for his hawkish stance on the Vietnam War.)


trlore said...

Thanks for sharing Jackie Vernon's Man and hi Pet Watermelon. I first hear it years ago and have been looking for it online for a while. You rock!

Anonymous said...


Ralph Valente said...

Jackie real name (Ralph Verrone originally from East Harlem then moved to Croes Ave in the Bronx with his wonderful family mother Rose father Gus, Sisters, AnnaMarie and Delores, I was only a kid when I spent a summer with the family, Ralph Bacj k then played the trumpet and played at wedding and night clubs back then, I use to carry his trumpet case and go on jobs with him, those were great days.

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