Shortly after Lenny Bruce, but well before Monty Python, SNL, etc., there was Firesign Theatre, four unhinged geniuses who cut records that kept a lot of us awake well into the wee hours of many a morning. Their comedy was surreal, topical, often biting, and obviously tied to the moment – that of the late 60s and early 70s – but it was beyond slapstick dope jokes.
Some of it will sound dated to some ears, but that’s in part because their techniques have been used by leagues of other comedians since then. They were the Boomers’ Marx Bros.
My favorite album was “How Can You Be Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All?”
Take an hour, starting about midnight, and give a listen.