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BOX 1-30; 247-248; 274-287 Comedic Writings, 1931-1998
Cue cards, gags and one-liners, jokes (on cards and typescript), routines, rundowns, sketches and scenes, and stories.
Arranged in five subseries: Monologues, Gags/Jokes/One-Liners, Routines, Rundowns, and Sketches and Scenes.
Monologues, 1948-1998
Drafts and completed acts handwritten on cards or yellow sheets and typescript.
Arranged alphabetically by type of event.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-3, 286 "The Act," undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/4-30 Dinners, Mixed, 1960-1961, 1970, 1982-1993, 1996, undated
Includes: George Allen, Lucille Ball, Tom Bosley, George Burns, Red Buttons, Jack Carter, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin, and Joan Collins
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-30 Dinners, Mixed, 1961-1962, 1971-1974, 1981-1991, 1997, undated
Includes: Howard Cosell, Marvin Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., John Forsyth, Redd Foxx, Larry Gelbart, Samuel Goldwyn, Buddy Hackett, Happy Hairston, Bob Hope, Pat Riley, Tony Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Jimmy Stewart.
BOX-FOLDER 274-275, 277-281, 286-287 Dinners, Mixed, 1938, 1981-1990, undated
Includes: Lucille Ball, Tom Bosley, Red Buttons, George Burns, Sid Caesar, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin, [Gary] Cooper, Marvin Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Larry Fields, Larry Gelbart, Jackie Gleason, Happy Hairston, Monty Hall, Bob Hope, George Jessel, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rich Little, Joe Louis, John Madden, Willie Mays, John Matuszak, Liza Minnelli, Tony Martin, Jan Murray, Carroll O'Connor, Bob Pilobsian, Mickey Rooney, Pete Rose, Shamu, Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Barry Sinkow, Jimmy Stewart, and Danny Thomas
BOX-FOLDER 2/31-34, 3/1-2 Dinners, STAG, 1989, 1995, 1997, undated
Includes: Pat Henry, Mickey Rooney, Steven Seagal, and Bruce Willis
BOX-FOLDER 283-285, 287 Dinners, STAG, 1982-1989, 1995, undated
Includes: Rich Little, George Raft, Mickey Rooney, Steven Seagal, Sammy Shore, Slappy White, Bruce Willis, and Henny Youngman
BOX-FOLDER 3/3-14 Events, 1955-1962, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1996-1998, undated
Bound volumes and typescript material
Includes roasts for Joe Namath, Suzanne Somers, and Ed Sullivan
Bound volumes (1959-1961) include the following events:
  • Kraft Musical Hall episodes # 1, 11-13, 17-26, 28, 29
  • Emmy Award Show
  • Lucy-Desi Testimonial
  • George Jessel Dinner
  • Saints and Sinners
  • City of Hope Telethon
  • SHARE Boomtown
  • 1961 Inaugural Gala
  • Leo Durocher Testimonial
  • Chamgagne Story Book Ball
  • Smellovision Affair
  • Hollywood Comedy Show
BOX-FOLDER 3/15-22, 4/1-19 Shows, 1948, 1952-1958, 1960, 1963, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1992-1997, undated
BOX-FOLDER 4/20-27, 5/1-9, 281 Introductions, undated
BOX-FOLDER 274-275, 281-282 Monologue Material, undated
Includes: Tom Bosley, Gary Cooper, Howard Cosell, Jack Klugman, Tommy Lasorda, Dean Martin, Ed McMahon, Roger Moore, Don Rickles, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, and Henny Youngman
BOX-FOLDER 276, 285, 287 Monologue Material STAG undated
Includes: Howard Cosell, Sammy Davis Jr., Redd Foxx, Introductions, and George Jessel
Contains subject cards and hundreds of cards not identified by person or subject
Gags/Jokes/One-Liners, 1937-1996
Drafts and completed material.
Arranged in three file units: Material by Berle, Material for Berle, and Collected Material.
BOX-FOLDER 6/1-5 Material by Berle, 1947, 1953, 1961-1962, 1982, 1991-1992, undated
Handwritten and typescript sheets
BOX-FOLDER 6/6-10, 7-9, 10/1 Material for Berle, 1949
STAG material in box 8, folder 22
Material from Others
Material from radio shows
BOX-FOLDER 10/2-5 Allen, Fred, 1937, November-1939, January
BOX-FOLDER 10/6-9 Baker, Phil, 1931, 1937, October-December; 1938, June, December, 1942
BOX-FOLDER 10/10-13 Benny, Jack, 1937, October-December, 1938; January- June, October-December; 1939, January
BOX-FOLDER 10/14 Burns and Allen, 1938, February 14
BOX-FOLDER 11/1-3 Cantor, Eddie, 1937 November-1939 January
BOX-FOLDER 11/4-9, 12/3 Hope, Bob, 1938-1947
BOX-FOLDER 12/4 Miscellaneous, undated
BOX-FOLDER 12/5 Youngman, Henny, undated
Collected Material
BOX-FOLDER 13/1 Bittman Comedy Service, 1996 February-March
BOX-FOLDER 2-3, 14/1 Blackouts, Bits, and Scenes, undated
BOX-FOLDER 14/2 Carroll Sketches, undated
BOX-FOLDER 14/3 Comedy Sketches, undated
BOX-FOLDER 14/4 Emcee: The Entertainer's Magazine, 1953 Spring
Berle on cover
BOX-FOLDER 15/1 Four Thousand Stories and Gags, undated
BOX-FOLDER 15/2-4,16/1 Fun-Master Blackouts, undated
Bound volumes
BOX-FOLDER 16/2, 17 Fun-Master The Comedians, 1950-1956
Bound volumes
BOX-FOLDER 18-21 Fun-Master Gag Files, undated
Bound volumes
BOX-FOLDER 22-23 Fun-Master Giant Classified Encyclopedia of Gags, undated
BOX-FOLDER 24 Fun-Master Humor-Dor for Emcees, undated
Bound volumes
BOX-FOLDER 25/1-2 Gags and One Liners, A-Z, undated
BOX-FOLDER 247/1 Stories and Gags, undated
Bound volume
BOX-FOLDER 25/3-4 Gags and One Liners, 2505-5000, undated
BOX-FOLDER 25/5 Gags Gang, 1973 June
BOX-FOLDER 25/6-7 Jokes Unlimited, Vols III-IX, undated
BOX-FOLDER 25/8-26/1 M #1 Gags and One-Liners, undated
BOX-FOLDER 26/2 Master of Ceremonies, Book Number 4, undated
BOX-FOLDER 26/3 Orben's Current Comedy, Vol. 1, 1958 November-1959 October
Routines, 1933-1991
Scripts for routines performed by Berle and his regular comedic partners.
Arranged alphabetically by file name.
BOX-FOLDER 27/1 Berle-Benson, undated
Includes "The Man in the Box"/"The Heckler" with Sidney Spitzer
BOX-FOLDER 27/2 Cracker Boys, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/3 Doctor, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/4 Frick and Frack, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/5 Henny Youngman Heckle Bit, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/6 Hookah, 1973
Written by Howard Albrecht and Sol Weinstein
BOX-FOLDER 27/7 Laying Off Under Presidents, undated
Written by Solly Violinsky
BOX-FOLDER 27/8 Memoirs of Milton, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/9 The Professor, undated
With Sid Caesar
BOX-FOLDER 27/10 Raye and Berle, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/11 The Sketch, undated
BOX-FOLDER 185/4 Styles and Berle, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/12 Slappy White Glove Bit, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/13 Slapsie Maxies Second Show, 1945, November 29
BOX-FOLDER 27/14 Soap Opera Junkie, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/15 Unidentified, undated
BOX-FOLDER 27/16 Vaudeville and Nightclubs, 1933-1956, undated
Bound volume
Includes Berle vaudeville performances in Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia; Berle nightclub monologues from Chez Paree, the International Casino, Grossinger's, Carnival, the Copacabana, Sands Hotel, and Rolling Rock Country Club; songs, parodies, and medleys; routines; and jokes
BOX-FOLDER 27/17 Westbury Show, 1991, October 11-13
BOX-FOLDER 27/18 When I Was Seventeen, undated
Rundowns, 1931-1997
Lists of act elements or performance orders.
Arranged alphabetically by event name.
BOX-FOLDER 27/19, 185/5, 248/3, 282 Rundowns/Running Order, 1931, 1953, 1960, 1991-1997, undated
  • Atlantic City Show
  • Berle-Youngman Show
  • Buddy Ebsen Dinner
  • Charles Busch's Dressing Up!
  • Florida Tour
  • Geraldo Rivera Show
  • Lyndon Johnson Dinner
  • Martha Raye
  • Metropolitan Theatre
  • New York
  • RKO Broadcastin Program
  • Tommy Lasorda Roast
Sketches and Scenes, 1939-1989
Scripts and outlines for comedic bits purchased or submitted on spec.
Arranged by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 28/1-3 Standard Sketches, undated
Bound volumes
BOX-FOLDER 29/1-56, 30/1-13 Authors, A-Z, 1939, 1947-1955, 1989, undated
BOX-FOLDER 30/14-21 Subjects, A-Z, undated
BOX 31-132 Scripts, 1930-1996
Scripts from Berle's radio and television programs, films, stand-alone television programs, radio and television guest appearances, nightclub acts, and theatrical productions.
Arranged in six subseries: Berle Shows, Berle Performances, Produced by Berle, Radio Scripts (non-Berle), and Submitted Scripts (Berle/non-Berle)
Berle Shows, 1936-1967
Bound and typescript versions of scripts from Berle's radio and television programs.
Arranged first by performance media (Radio or Television), then chronologically by show air or production date
BOX-FOLDER 31-34, 35/1 Gillette Show, 1936, May 13-1937 September
Some episodes annotated
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