Mister Ron's Basement II
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Mon, Mar 30 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1331

We are celebrating FOUR YEARS of Mister Ron's Basement today! Your emails and birthday cakes are more than welcome. We hope to find even more of the funniest stories from the public domain in the upcoming years...

Our SUNDAY SALAD features TWO Stanley Huntley stories that (we think) are extremely funny! They are both from 1881 -- 'The Cautious Reporter's Version' and 'How He Became Wealthy.'

Time: approx six and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08am EST

Sun, Mar 29 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1330

Our Saturday Night Special story is by an author we have not featured in the Basement yet. Robert Barr was, for many years, the Detroit Free Press's other humorist, in addition to C. B. Lewis (M. Quad). For many years he wrote under the pen name of Luke Sharp, but gradually shifted to his real name. When the Detroit Free Press published a London edition, Barr was sent there to contribute to it.

We will feature more of Barr's stories in the future, but today we will offer an 1897 charming romance story,'The Type-Written Letter.'

Time: approx seventeen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:04am EST

Sat, Mar 28 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1329

This week we have dug out an 1881 book called "Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!' It is composed of humorous pieces clipped from various newspapers. The authors are listed as Scissors and Paste.

The authors of the pieces are not credited, but some of the newspapers are. From this we can usually figure out who the writers are. Today's story, really a truly old joke, perhaps first appeared in this form. It's called 'Bread and Gravy' by Alexander Sweet and John Armoy . Well, old jokes had to be new at some point, right?

Time: approx two and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2009-03-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Fri, Mar 27 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1328

This week we have dug out an 1881 book called "Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!' It is composed of humorous pieces clipped from various newspapers. The authors are listed as Scissors and Paste.

The authors of the pieces are not credited, but some of the newspapers are. From this we can attempt to determine who the writers are. We're just guessing here, but today's clever piece from the South Bend Tribune was most likely an effort of that newspaper's editor, Richard H. Lyon. It is called 'A Typographical Injury to Charley Bender.'

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2009-03-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:59am EST

Thu, Mar 26 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1327

This week we have dug out an 1881 book called "Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!' It is composed of humorous pieces clipped from various newspapers. The authors are listed as Scissors and Paste.

The authors of the pieces are not credited but some of the newspapers are. From this we can determine some of the authors. Today's story was most likely written by C. B. Lewis, who usually used the pen name of M. Quad. Of course neither name was used here...

The tale is called 'The Man with the Umbrella.'

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Wed, Mar 25 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1326

This week we have dug out an 1881 book called "Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!' It is composed of humorous pieces clipped from various newspapers. The authors are listed as Scissors and Paste.

The authors of the pieces are not credited but some of the newspapers are. From this we can determine some of the authors. Today's piece, 'Exchanging Dusters,' is probably by Robert J. Burdette, and is extremely funny.

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Robert J. Burdette Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/burdette.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Tue, Mar 24 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1325

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Thirty-Four (Part Two of Two) of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- where the Boss and the King go from the frying pan into the fire...or is it the other way around? -- 'The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves.'

Time: approx twelve minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EST

Sun, Mar 22 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1324

SUNDAY SALAD offers just ONE Stanley Huntley piece today -- it's a fun piece from 1882 called 'The Coney Island Waiter.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:47am EST

Sat, Mar 21 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1323

Our Saturday Night Special story comes from page one of the Brooklyn Eagle from May 30, 1880. The story is unsigned, and credited to the San Francisco Post, but we strongly suspect the hand of Stanley Huntley (who was a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan) is involved here.

In any event, even though the report features a well-known San Francisco judge of the time, the tale is so ludicrous as to obviously be a work of fiction. Anyway, listen and judge for yourself. It certainly is among the funniest pieces we've ever presented. Your comments are most welcome.

It's called 'The Raven in Court.'

Time: approx ten minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41am EST

Fri, Mar 20 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1322

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors (well, this time around, 20th Century...).

May Isabel Fisk is about as forgotten as a once-popular writer can be, which is a shame, because she was extremely funny. Today's piece first appeared in 1903, and it really is a classic! It's called 'A Woman in a Shoe-shop.'

Time: approx ten and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38am EST

Thu, Mar 19 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1321

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

One of the most imaginative writers of the 19th century, Lucretia Peabody Hale wrote stories for kids that always had a sly wink and a nod for the grown-ups. Today's piece from 1886 deals with a young man with a unique talent looking for a calling in life. It's called 'A Place for Oscar.'

Time: approx twelve minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Lucretia Peabody Hale Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/hale.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:35am EST

Wed, Mar 18 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1320

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

Mary Andrews Denison is almost totally forgotten today, but she was one of the most popular authors of the mid-nineteenth century. Today we hear about an unexpected dinner guest in the first chapter of 'That Husband of Mine' from 1877.

Time: approx fifteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2009-03-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:31am EST

Tue, Mar 17 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1319

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

Sarah Orne Jewett was an extremely popular writer of the late 19th Century, and her work is experiencing a resurgence today. Excerpted from a chapter from her 1877 book 'Deephaven,' we present 'The Circus at Denby.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Mon, Mar 16 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1318

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Thirty-Four (Part One of Two) of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- in which the King opens his big mouth and gets him and the Boss in Hot Water -- 'The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves.'

Time: approx thirteen and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:27am EST

Sun, Mar 15 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1317

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO 1880 Stanley Huntley pieces about dangerous characters from the wild west -- first a brash young man fresh from the frontier visits a Brooklyn Bar in 'A Party from Deadwood' and then we offer a bit of poetry about a desperado on the run in 'The Snake from Glendive Creek.'

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25am EST

Sat, Mar 14 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1316

Our Saturday Night Special is Part Three of a Three Part tale by Mark Twain -- one of his funniest stories ever -- 'The Stolen White Elephant' from 1882!

Don't miss this, but don't even think of listening to it until you have heard Parts One and Two, which you can get by clicking here and here.

Time: approx fifteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-14a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Sat, Mar 14 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1315

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

Kate M. Cleary sharply points out the double standard applied to women writers in her 1895 piece 'The New Man.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:18am EST

Fri, Mar 13 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1314

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

One of Kate M. Cleary's funniest pieces appeared in Puck Magazine in 1892 -- wherein we learn a bit about farm economics -- it's called 'A Trip Postponed.'

Time: approx five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2009-03-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16am EST

Thu, Mar 12 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1313

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

For our lucky Episode Number 1313, we are offering another Kate M. Cleary story that originally appeared in 1890 -- in it, beautiful Sylvia has an encounter with a bashful beaux in 'A Mutual Misunderstanding.'

Time: approx twelve and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14am EST

Mister Ron's Basement #1312 Wed, Mar 11 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1312

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

This week, we are spotlighting the writing of Kate M. Cleary. Cleary was a truly professional writer, who helped support her family with a prodigious output of short stories, poems and novels. Many of them centered on pioneer life in Nebraska, which she experienced first-hand for many years. Her work was a major influence on Willa Cather's writing.

Today we offer a short, romantic story from 1904 about a lucky horshoe and a broken mirror, entitled 'Bert's Good Luck.'

Time: approx eleven and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12am EST

Tue, Mar 10 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1311

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Thirty-Three of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- where we discuss purchasing power, wages, and the pillory - 'Sixth Century Political Economy.'

Time: approx twenty-four and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:18am EST

Sun, Mar 08 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1310

SUNDAY SALAD offers THREE truly funny Stanley Huntley stories today! The first two originally appeared in the scarce-as-hen's-teeth Drake's Traveller's Magazine --

First, an old man has an incredible personal story to tell in 'What He Had Never Seen' from 1884, then we observe an encounter between a strange man and a Dakota woman on board a train in 'Her Little Joke' from 1883. Finally, we wrap it all up with an 1880 Huntley story from the Brooklyn Eagle about a rescued, drunken near-suicide entitled 'Showed His Gratitude.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:37am EST

Sat, Mar 07 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1309

Our Saturday Night Special is Part Two of a Three Part tale by Mark Twain -- one of his funniest stories ever -- 'The Stolen White Elephant' from 1882!

Don't miss this, but don't even think of listening to it until you have heard Part One, which you can get by clicking here.

Time: approx seventeen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-07a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

Sat, Mar 07 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1308

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

From Fanny Fern's 1857 book 'Fresh Leaves' comes a tale of a few different women writers, and their point of view of Fanny Fern herself -- it's called 'Come On, MacDuff.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Fanny Fern Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Fanny_Fern_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Fri, Mar 06 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1307

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

Back in 1857, women physicians were rare and sensational -- during that year, Fanny Fern published 'Lady Doctors' in her book 'Fresh Leaves.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Fanny Fern Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Fanny_Fern_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-06.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28am EST

Thu, Mar 05 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1306

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

Here's another Fanny Fern piece from her 1868 book, 'Folly as it Flies.' Fanny discusses sloppy, slatternly women, and their opposite numbers in an excerpt from 'Some Varieties of Women.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Fanny Fern Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Fanny_Fern_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25am EST

Wed, Mar 04 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1305

We are celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with fun stories by 19th Century Women Authors.

This week Fanny Fern stories fill the Basement! Today we offer a piece concerning women who attempt to do too much with an excerpt from the chapter 'Women and Their Discontents' out of the 1868 book 'Folly as it Flies.'

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Fanny Fern Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Fanny_Fern_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23am EST

Tue, Mar 03 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1304

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Thirty-Two of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- with some bragging about wealth - "Dowley's Humiliation.'

Time: approx sixteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:20am EST

Mon, Mar 02 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1303

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO funny Stanley Huntley stories from 1881 today -- The first one concerns a bum who manages to squeeze a coin out of a victim with a compelling story -- it's called 'His Conscience Smote Him' -- if you really want to get the joke, listen to episode #1302, Mark Twain's 'The Stolen White Elephant' part one before you hear this.

Our second story concerns some very slight exaggeration from 'A Mighty Hunter.'

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2009-03-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17am EST