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:
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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:
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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