Comedian Bob Elliott passed away yesterday at the age of 92.
Elliott is best known for his collaboration with Ray Goulding. The team of Bob & Ray met here in Boston in the 1940's as disc jockeys for competing stations. Their comedy act began to catch on when they did broadcast in rain delays during Red Sox games. Over the next four decades, Bob & Ray were a fixture on radio and TV and even on Broadway. Sadly, Goulding passed away in 1990.
However, Elliott carried on often performing with his son Chris Elliott most notably on the FOX TV show Get a Life. His granddaugther Abby Elliott would also become a cast member on SNL.
Bob & Ray used their broadcast backgrounds very effectively. Their material was often delivered in serious and straight manner with hilarious results.
In some instances, the role of the straight man could change during the course of a skit as you can her in their "Slow Talkers of America" routine.