The Milton Berle Show, Volume 1
by Hal Block & Martin Ragaway
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His comedy was once described by Time magazine as the acme of hysterical vulgarity, and for more than 70 years Milton Berle never lost his taste for good old-fashioned bust-a-gut laughs. But it took the veteran performer the better part of two decades to find a radio format that genuinely suited him, and, when he did, the result was The Milton Berle Show, a 1947-48 NBC series that stands today as one of the bright spots of postwar radio. The series takes a satirical approach that pokes as much fun at Berle's boorish stage persona as it does the targets of the satire. In volume 1, each show salutes some current pop-culture phenomenon in broadly played topical sketches that feature the antics of Arnold Stang, comic harridan Pert Kelton, and character actor Jack Albertson.