Bob Booker

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Bob Booker is one half of a comedy writing production team whose accomplishments include a Grammy nomination in 1965 as well as a pair of political comedy sides that sold powerfully enough to squash the…
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Bob Booker is one half of a comedy writing production team whose accomplishments include a Grammy nomination in 1965 as well as a pair of political comedy sides that sold powerfully enough to squash the Beatles on the hit parade. Booker & Foster were not a star every night, it's true; the duo's 1970 movie entitled The Phynx has vanished so completely that film archivist Biff Badamino hasn't even seen it, although Michael Welden, creator of the Golden Turkey Awards, has.

Booker & Foster did well during a substantial public craze for comedy records that ran concurrently with the '60s folk and rock scenes. The team wrote The First Family, a brazen and absurd satire of the John F. Kennedy presidency, as well as a follow-up volume. Both were huge hits.

Booker and his partner also created a whole series of albums devoted to Jewish comedy, as in the sort of gags Jews create about themselves. Titles include When You're in Love the Whole World Is Jewish and Al Tijuana and His Jewish Brass, the latter featuring the wonderful comedian and character actor Lou Jacobi. Fine comic performers permeate the pair's productions as a rule, from the young Valerie Harper to comic geniuses such as Edgar Bergen and Fritz Feld in the aforementioned film flop The Phynx. You Don't Have to Be a Jewish got the pair a Grammy nomination for best comedy album of 1965, but they lost out to Bill Cosby's Why Is There Air?.