Bob Elliott

Bob Elliott, with his partner Ray Goulding, (at left), were the most durable broadcast comedy partnership in history. “Bob and Ray” got their start as a duo on WHDH-AM and went on to become stars on national radio and TV. They were the first humorists to perfect a style that was fully based in broadcasting, rather than drawing on stage, vaudeville or film. In radio, television, and advertising, Bob and Ray established and perfected a distinctive brand of humor – satiric, offbeat, absurdist, fertile, and incredibly creative – that lasted almost fifty years and inspired hundreds of others, from the phone interview style of Bob Newhart to The Firesign Theatre to “The Worst Person in the World,” later adopted by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.