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(Very Rare!) Laurel & Hardy Themselves – A Comedy Sketch on 78 (1932)

One of the most famous comedy duo of all time, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, performs a Comedy sketch for British Columbia, recorded in London, on August 18th, 1932. Only 1000 copy of this was made, the record was only avaliable in British market, so it is quite rare material; I don’t know if there is any transfer of this recording was made later. Speaking about Laurel & Hardy’s voice featured in this recording, they sound somewhat different in tone, pitch, etc – compared with the voices from the movies; I don’t know why this kind of difference were made.

  • LJARSONBECK posted: 05 Dec at 1:28 am


  • Alstheman37 posted: 05 Dec at 1:36 am

    these guys never cease to stop making me laugh

  • 143AC posted: 05 Dec at 1:57 am

    The routine has been heard before..but hearing it from the original a real find.

  • hookuspookus529 posted: 05 Dec at 2:38 am

    where did you find this ?

  • LePrince1890 posted: 05 Dec at 2:56 am

    They could get more mileage with so little – more than any other comedians of their generation.

  • hyperlexic2 posted: 05 Dec at 3:23 am

    Ollie has a very ‘Orson Welles’ vibe about him. “Here, you vapid ape. why don’t you eat this hard boiled egg and shut your trap.”

  • LazlosPlane posted: 05 Dec at 3:43 am

    Slightly sped up, no?

  • WSenator1 posted: 05 Dec at 3:55 am

    What a treasure! In the pre-VHS days, there would be LPs made of L&H soundtracks, and I remember having one around the house. Even not seeing them on film, and just hearing this record is priceless. To quote “ateleia” THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • iembarassBKs posted: 05 Dec at 4:34 am

    Amazing <3

  • DieGoldelse posted: 05 Dec at 5:14 am

    Fascinating, simply fascinating. It makes me wish I was around at the time

  • Lampshade51 posted: 05 Dec at 5:33 am

    I have heard this before, but in very scratchy and low-fi form. This copy is very good. Nice and clean, considering it is from 1932!

  • juvedean posted: 05 Dec at 6:23 am

    Bless. Lovely how Stan sounds so much more Northern English like he’s relaxing back into his native accent.

  • ateleia posted: 05 Dec at 6:48 am

    This is so wonderful! I am a big, big fan of the two. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    Regarding the difference in sound I thinks this is maybe the different equalization curves of British Columbias and, as we can hear, the faults of the recording engineer.

  • medicaldoctor369 posted: 05 Dec at 7:39 am

    Thank you so much this is the best thing i’ve heard all day! maybe all year…maybe even all my life? anyway thank you so much

  • merrihew posted: 05 Dec at 7:46 am

    Is it just too fast?

  • Dilhan777 posted: 05 Dec at 8:20 am

    Wonderful! Thank you for posting.

  • YTM021807 posted: 05 Dec at 9:18 am

    Very clear and clean audio!

  • cwldoc posted: 05 Dec at 9:26 am

    Thanks for posting this rare recording. It is enjoyable to listen to Laurel and Hardy’s sketch. But what I find more interesting is that the humor gives us a window into how differently people thought in the past – less than just a century ago!

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