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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Feb 8, 2011

Just four characters - husband Victor Gook, wife Sade Gook, stepson Rush Gook, and beyond-insane Uncle Fletcher - were the only people who appeared on this 15-minute-a-day, five-day-a-week program.

Each show took place in the Gook house, "halfway up in the next block."  They talked.  And talked.  And we laughed.  Until the tears streamed down our faces. 

There was no studio audience, no laugh track, just these four strange people carrying on bizarre conversations. 

Vic, who was super-serious about his kitchenware job and his lodge.  Sade, the sane wife who almost kept the show grounded.  Rush, the eager and excitable young high school student.  And Uncle Fletcher, a confused visitor from another galaxy.

The writer of this marvelous show, Paul Rhymer, had a rare talent for humor perhaps not seen since Mark Twain. 

Often the engineers had to duck their heads below the studio window, they were laughing so hard.  They were afraid that if the actors saw them, they wouldn't be able to keep a straight face as they read their insane lines so matter-of-factly.

Vic and Sade is an acquired taste.  At first you just shake your head in wonder, but after a few episodes you begin to catch on.  I urge you to find more of these shows and give them a listen.  You won't regret it.

This show consists of three clips from Vic and Sade episodes originally broadcast in 1940 and 1941.

And now, let's drop in on radio's home folks, Vic and Sade.