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Posts Tagged ‘firesign theater’

Groucho’s birthday

Posted by Richard on October 2, 2011

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was born on October 2, 1890. He was, IMHO, one of the 3 or 4 funniest men of the 20th century. If you've never seen him as Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup, you don't know what you're missing. Check out A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races, too. Here are some of my favorite Groucho quotes.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that. 

Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

A man is only as old as the woman he feels.

She got her good looks from her father–he's a plastic surgeon.

I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

I intend to live forever, or die trying.

Groucho died on August 19, 1977. Three days after Elvis. So almost no one noticed. 

Here's an interesting bit of Groucho trivia from IMDB

In 1989, the Republic of Abkhazia (in the former Soviet Georgia) proclaimed independence. To show the world they were rejecting their Communist past, they issued two postage stamps of Groucho Marx and John Lennon (as opposed to Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin).

That gloriously revolutionary act also paid homage to the greatest comedy recording troupe of all time, Firesign Theater, and their marvelous 1969 album, How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All and its "All Hail Marx Lennon" cover featuring pictures of Groucho and John.  

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