From the Vault...


Rich Little
"Unclear And President Danger"

© Orchard Lane Records

Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Hillary's Old Beau
  • Jurassic Man
  • Night Night
  • Dressed For Success
  • Pork Barrel Legislation
  • Lifestyle Of Ross Perot
  • Nixon In Heaven
  • The Phone Call
  • Whitewater Investigation
  • The Sounds Of Good Sex
  • Bowling For Health Care
  • Agent Nicholson
  • A Quayle Roast
  • Bedtime For Clinton
  • Joan Rivers Interview

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    Rich Little related sites:
    Rich Little Website
    Previous Review: #1079
    Rod Stewart--The Rod Stewart Album
    Next Review: #1081
    Josh Groban--Noel
    Rich Little
    "Unclear And President Danger"

    With the 2008 Iowa Caucuses now past, it's a conincidence our Album Pick of the Week is based on U.S Presidents, but in a comedical sense...

    Rich Little is probably considered the best impressionist of his time. During the 1970s, he was very popular by appearing on various TV shows, and also was part of The Kopycats, a comedy show featureing the top comedians of the day. (Other comedians on the show included Frank Gorshin and George Kirby.) Rich Little could practically impersonate any well-known celebrity, among those were Jimmy Stewart, Richard Nixon. As I was looking through the many CDs at a local record store, the comedy section featured Rich Little's 1994 release, Unclear And President Danger. Obviously, being a Rich Little fan, I purchased it. This album features skits of U.S. Presidents, past and present (Bill Clinton was our current president.)

    "Hillary's Old Beau" "Hillary" and "Bill Clinton" disuss Hillary's old boyfriend from years past, and the punch line is how Clinton mentions that if Hillary had married her old boyfriend, she would have been married to a guy who owned an auto store. Hillary snaps back by saying, if she did marry him, he would have been President of the United States! (It's a funny thing now, in the year 2008, that Hillary Clinton is now running for the Presidency.)

    "Jurassic Man" is an episode of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, on Government Spending. Other impressions inlucde Serling, Alfred Hithcock, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Ronald Reagan.

    "Night, Night," is a skit based on Ted Koppel's Nighline. An interview is featured between Koppel and Ronald Reagan, as it's obvious that Little uses Reagan's alzheimer's during this skit. The interview also features impressions of former presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush.

    "Dressed To Success" returns Clinton and Hillary in a short minute skit. "Pork Barrel Legislation" has Senator Bob Dole discussing the pork situation with Miss Piggy and Porky Pig.

    "Lifestyle of Ross Perot" features the show The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, with Robin Leach interviewing Ross Perot. Arnold Schwarzeneger is Perot's personal trainer.

    "Nixon In Heaven" has Archie and Edith Bunker remembering Richard Nixon, as the former President had recently passed away. A travel to Heaven with Nixon visitng other "dead celebrities": W.C. Fields, Mae West, John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny, Paul Lynde, Henry Fonda.

    "The Phone Call" is another short skit, as Clinton gets a phone call from a pregnanat woman. "Whitewater Investigation" has Bill Clinton investigated by Peter Falk (Columbo). "The Sounds Of Good Sex" is a phone call-in show with Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the Lily Tomlin phone operator, Ernestine. Guest impressions include Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Carol Channing, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Bill Clinton.

    Bill Clinton hosts "Bowling For Health Care," a bad skit on different Health Care programs. "Agent Nicholson" is a good skit with Jack Nicholson talking to Bill Clinton.

    "A Quayle Roast" -- Johnny Carson hosts with Gerald Ford, "roasting" former Vice President Dan Quayle, and his quest for the Presidency in 2000, (which Quayle never persued). Other "celebrities" include Cher, Walter Matthau, George Bush, Don Rickles. (Of course there is mentioning of how Quayle misspelled words in his childhood; Quayle misspelled the word "potato" as "potatoe" during his Vice President term.)

    "Bedtime For Clinton" is a short skit on Clinton having trouble sleeping. "Joan Rivers Interview" has "Joan Rivers interviewing Bill Clinton.

    Unclear And Presdient Danger has it's moments; you're either laughing or mostly saying, "that was bad." Bad being what the word really means. There are many other comedy albums better than this one, yet it's funny to hear Rich Little impersonating our U.S. Presidents in comedical situations.

    With this album now on the WSVNRadio site, we patiently await the arrival of Paul Shanklin, who recorded parody songs based on U.S. Presidents. His core of albums consisted of Bill Clinton comedy songs. Hopefully we'll hear from him soon on the WSVNRadio site.

    © All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of Orchard Lane Records and is used for reference purposes only.

    Previous Review: #1079
    Rod Stewart--The Rod Stewart Album
    Next Review: #1081
    Josh Groban--Noel