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The Brass Figlagee

By Jean Shepherd

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A mostly-every-night earful of the genius that was actor, writer, satirist, and humorist Jean Shepherd. Shep (as both he and his fans called him) is very hard to tie down to one or two labels. He was one of the great media talents from the 50s to the 80s, very much like the Mark Twain of his time, and most nights he could be heard on the radio waxing eloquent, his gift for insight and articulation wrapped up in what seemed like comedic nostalgia, fascinating and inspiring generations. His stories work on so many levels. His characters are vivid, unforgettable, and oddly likable. Shep had an uncanny mastery of the narrative form: enticing the listener with his nightly premise, careening down one tangent to the next, eliciting knowing laughs along the way, and often leaving one with a warm sense of the fondness the artist felt for his past. And somehow, more often than not, one might sense a deeper meaning, a hidden message in all the lighthearted romps. This podcast is an attempt to maintain, and hopefully spread, awareness of Jean Shepherd, his wonderful mind, and his amazing body of work. (photograph (c) Copyright Fred W. McDarrah, Used With Permission)

Customer Reviews

Excelsior! In Shep We Trust!

This is the single most important podcast in the history of podcasting. Shep's observational humor and story weaving is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. Thank you for this essential piece of radio history. We can enjoy the great one all over again!


Thank you for this! I missed the time he was actually on radio....i even missed the time he was still alive. But I love his radio show like crazy it's nice to have someone else choosing the shows and even seeming to have themes (like the first day of school, it being fall)....I end up hearing many I had never heard before. I enjoy his stories; They are exciting, nostalgic, poignant, funny, thought provoking, prescient and even comforting. I love his army stories the best so it's great for me to have someone else picking out ones I may not have gravitated to before. Excelsior, you fatheads!

All roads lead to Jean Shepherd.

Before "Frodo Lives"? there was "Flick Lives." Before "I'm as mad as hell....."? there was the hurled invective. Before Garrison Keillor, there was Jean Shepherd. Tune in to hear it all and win your Brass Figlagee with Bronze Oakleaf Palm.

The Brass Figlagee
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  • Category: Comedy
  • Language: English

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