Double-talk

Double-talk is a form of speech in which inappropriate, invented or nonsense words are used to give the appearance of erudition and so confuse or amuse the audience. Comedians who used this as part of their act included Al Kelly,[1] Cliff Nazarro,[2] Danny Kaye,[3] Irwin Corey,[4] Jackie Gleason and Stanley Unwin.[2]

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References

  1. ^ Vaudeville, Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, 1, Routledge, 2007, p. 621, ISBN 9780415938532, "... Al Kelly was synonymous with double-talk." 
  2. ^ a b Dick Vosburgh (17 January 2002), "Stanley Unwin", The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/stanley-unwin-729675.html, "In the 1930s, "double-talk artists" enjoyed a brief craze in American show business. Comedians such as Jackie Gleason and the long-forgotten Cliff Nazarro and Al Kelly spouted nonsense words like "kopasetic", "franistan", "strismic" and "kravistate". Their double-talk was usually used to hoodwink a stooge and was delivered briskly, loudly and aggressively. Britain's Stanley Unwin, however, delivered his own brand of double-talk in the most benign way" 
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of twentieth century American humor, 2000, p. 246, ISBN 9781573562188, "Danny Kaye was a master at tongue-twisters, doubletalk, and dialects." 
  4. ^ Corey Kilgannon (April 14, 2008), "A Distinguished Professor With a Ph.D. in Nonsense", The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/nyregion/14comedian.html 

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