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Guy MacPherson knows. A comedy show on radio? We’ve had those almost from the beginning of the medium. But a show about comedy on radio? That was still a rather innovative idea when Guy MacPherson and Kevin Smith launched What’s So Funny? on Co-op Radio in 2004.
Now Smith is back at school, MacPherson has a new partner, Colleen Brow, and What’s So Funny? is still going strong, every Sunday night from 11 to midnight.
Guy’s initiation into the world of yucks was not through the stand-up denizens of the comedy clubs, such as he interviews today, but through the comedy stars of old-time radio.
“My father bought me a double LP set called The Golden Age of Comedy,” he says. “It had Fibber McGee and Molly, Jack Benny, all those people. Later I read Steve Allen’s autobiography (Mark It and Strike It). He was a hero of mine.”
His father, Fraser MacPherson, had his own connections to...