Coyle And Sharpe | These 2 Men Are Impostors-Box Set

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Andy Borat The Jerky Boys

Album Links
coyle and sharpe GreatIndieMusic Nexhit Tradebit Chondo MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk

More Artists From
United States - California - LA

Other Genres You Will Love
Spoken Word: Comedy Spoken Word: Comedy Moods: Mood: Weird
There are no items in your wishlist.

These 2 Men Are Impostors-Box Set

by Coyle And Sharpe

Historic Pranks from the early 1960s recorded on the streets of San Francisco, often with a hidden tape recorder.
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 30% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
artist name
share
time
download
1. KGO Show Open Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:09 $0.99
2. Grevenz Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:20 $0.99
3. Welcome to New Years Eve 1964 Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:33 $0.99
4. Burn Your Bag Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:09 $0.99
5. Run Over Hand Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:33 $0.99
6. King of the Sun Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:31 $0.99
7. Renting Children Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
4:05 $0.99
8. The Droner Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:10 $0.99
9. Ingotal Matter Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:37 $0.99
10. Seven Channel Seven Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:00 $0.99
11. Traffic Patrol Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:50 $0.99
12. Record Your Stomach Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
4:23 $0.99
13. Seatbelts Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:19 $0.99
14. Mailman Give Us Your Mail Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:30 $0.99
15. Elongated Head Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:39 $0.99
16. Sheet Sale Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:34 $0.99
17. He Slipped Away Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:45 $0.99
18. Human sugar Bowl Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:33 $0.99
19. Dringitis Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:54 $0.99
20. Wolverine Football Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:29 $0.99
21. Stamps Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:19 $0.99
22. Yo Quierro Fumar Cigarros Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:01 $0.99
23. Underground Death Ritual Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
11:25 $0.99
24. Weather Tree Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:49 $0.99
25. Good Night and Happy New Year Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
0:42 $0.99
26. Daring but Dead Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:33 $0.99
27. Human Leach Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
4:42 $0.99
28. Mr. Rodent Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:31 $0.99
29. Crawfish Boat Shirt Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:22 $0.99
30. Aquamaniac Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:48 $0.99
31. Druggist Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
7:34 $0.99
32. Feast of Patience Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:53 $0.99
33. Musical Animals Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:38 $0.99
34. Merchandise Peddlers Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
6:22 $0.99
35. Werewolf Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:18 $0.99
36. Brain Piggy Bank Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
4:22 $0.99
37. Sandor 21 Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:50 $0.99
38. Polylingua Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
6:11 $0.99
39. Footapples Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
3:24 $0.99
40. Vocal Projection Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:04 $0.99
41. Armored Attack Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
11:41 $0.99
42. 114 Noises Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
5:50 $0.99
43. Live in Elevator Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
2:43 $0.99
44. Yiddish Reindeer Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
4:58 $0.99
45. C&S Get Arrested Part 1 Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:35 $0.99
46. C&S Get Arrested Part 2 Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
1:20 $0.99
47. Not a Time Bomb Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
6:54 $0.99
48. We Never Burn Anything Around Here Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
8:35 $0.99
49. Insects in a Clothing Store Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
10:41 $0.99
50. Up Coyle and Sharpe
Share this song!
X
9:48 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
3 CDs-1 DVD The collection Coyle and Sharpe fans have been waiting for.

Disc 1. The Best of ‘63
Recorded off a radio in Mal’s Telegraph Hill apartment, New Year’s Eve 1963

Disc 2. Coyle and Sharpe on the Loose Reissue
Originally produced by Henry Rollins and Jennifer Sharpe 1995

Disc 3. The Arrest Plus Odds ‘n Ends
Recently discovered unedited, experimental recordings from 1962 plus Coyle and Sharpe Get Arrested. Perhaps for collectors only. Sound is sometimes marginal.

Disc 4. DVD, The Impostors TV Pilot 1965 with host George Fenneman (Groucho Marx’s sidekick on YOU BET YOUR LIFE.)

COYLE AND SHARPE BIO
Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe met in a boarding house in San Francisco in
1959. Coyle was a benign con man who had talked his way into 119 jobs
by the age of 25. Sharpe had just graduated college and had drifted
out to the West Coast to check out the Beatnik scene. The pair found
they had a mutually sick sense of humor and decided to if the to see
if they could avoid real jobs and see if they could make a living
pulling Pranks or "Terrorizations," as they then called them. Using
one of the first miniature tape recorders, The Mohawk, which they hid
in a brief case, they roamed the streets of San Francisco capturing
their bizarre encounters with unsuspecting citizens. After surviving
for two years on peanut butter sandwiches, they released an LP on
Warner Brothers Records and then were hired by KGO radio to do a
nightly show. Most of the audio on this release was recorded during
this period. In 1964 they went to Hollywood to hit the jackpot .They
did a television pilot , THE IMPOSTORS, which didn't sell. Perhaps 40
years ahead of their time, they were never hired again and their
partnership ended. In 1967 Coyle left California to pursue a career in
tunneling. He died in 1993 while burrowing under the City of
Barcelona. Sharpe continued to work in media and ultimately moved back
to San Francisco where he did hundreds of man-on-the-street interviews
for radio and television. Despite their brief partnership, Coyle and
Sharpe continued to flourish in the underground media thanks to the
dedication of Mal's daughter Jennifer Sharpe who, along with Henry
Rollins, produced a CD of their material in 1995. It is reissued in
this package. In the year 2000, The Whitney Museum hosted a
centennial exhibit THE AMERICAN CENTURY. Coyle and Sharpe were
featured in the Soundworks Exhibit.

This package, edited and compiled by Mal Sharpe, contains most of
their best work including some long lost tapes from their early
ramblings through the nighborhoods of San Francisco. Were they ever
arrested? Listen ...


Reviews


to write a review

P

Offbeat creative hilarity runs wild in the Jarryesque streets
It came as a relief that SharpeWorld didn't use up space duplicating contents of the Audio Visionaries CD on Thirsty Ear. This one's fresh as a laugh-packed tsunami! The uproarious premises behind the "bits" suggest Alfred Jarry's pataphysical ploys, as Coyle and Sharpe posit and defend one absurd proposition after another with implacable logic and streetsmart cool. My only quibble: The DVD disappointed as I feared. A pilot for a network TV show that didn't make the cut, it's hampered by mainstreaming compromises: The interruptive set-ups, recaps, and lame-o framing devices devised to ensure that audiences would "get it." The DVD is revelatory nonetheless, a boon given the bargain-basement price of admission, and documentation that we fans needed to see.

Jonathan Ball

Outstanding Pioneers of Situationist Comedy
This is a great collection of some of Coyle & Sharpe's man-on-the-street interviews and pranks. If you enjoy Borat and/or other forms of latter-day Situationist and Absurdist comedy, you'll want to listen to Coyle and Sharpe. I was shocked at not only how funny and clever the sketches were, but how they are still bizarre by today's hyperreal standards --- the sketches hold up incredibly well, and the pair have a real knack for pacing and continuing to up the ante. The only disappointment with this collection is that at the end of some sketches they defuse the situation by letting the person know that it was all just a joke. Perhaps this needed to be done for legal reasons, or because they were about to be beaten up, but it's a real shame that they didn't cut these confessions off of the tracks because it completely defuses the comedy and ruins the ending of the sketch.

Jeff Miner

Brilliant Mind-bendingly funny stuff
These guys are great! Brilliant deadpan put-ons from the early 1960\'s. Not every joke comes off, but some of these are side-splitting (see Sandor 21).

Now we need a reissue of the old LPs on CD

Robert Emmons Wilkins

Coyle & Sharpe: These 2 Men are Imposters
This album represents a type of humor that is little seen these days, and that's too bad. In the late fifties/early 60s, an off-the-wall subset of humor appeared on the San Francisco scene, following closely on the heels of the great eruption of talent which sprung form the Purple Onion and Hungry i in that city. And before that there was Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" and, if you're really old, Candid Microphone on the radio. Now in the early '60s come two crazy geniuses (?) -Jim Coyle & Mal Sharpe, strolling the streets of San Francisco and outlying villages like Sausalito. You need to buy the CD/DVD set to see man-in-the street humor at it's finest. The bits are funny in concept, and the "victims" are never treated without respect. But neither can they escape the full-court presses for answers to questions that are so absurd there can be no rational answer. Coyle is a glib maniac with a straight-face interview style, whilst Sharpe plays off the theme with further absurdity and dead pan. The DVD--a pilot for a never-aired show with Groucho's announcer George Fenniman a shost, is in the same vane as the audio bits, and you will have tears in your eyes at least 3 times as you watch the hapless unsuspecting targets. It's TV and hence less inwardly visual, but it's funny stuff.

This set is a rare piece of San Francisco humor during it's golden age of radio, and is as important as air checks of Jean Shepherd in New York, Regis Cordic in Pittsburgh, and Don Sherwood in San Francisco.

Hussalonia

“ I don’t know you gentlemen at all; though you look perfectly reputable.”
Looking and sounding reputable was Coyle and Sharpe’s comedic secret weapon. Two well-groomed, articulate, white men in suits playing the devil’s advocate for absurd causes. Teaching wolves how to play football. Selling germs as pets. Feeding a parasitic human being through a tube worn on your forehead. Never cracking a smile. Their humor presented a dark, hostile place to the unsuspecting San Franciscan. Not wanting to seem out of touch, offended or prudent, many feign indifference to this dark, hostile world. Until then they were asked, “Would you, yourself, now be willing to participate?”

You could say that they were ahead of their time, but their hidden-microphone recordings could not have happened any later in history. The early 1960s gave Coyle and Sharpe a world that would be just hostile enough to accommodate their absurd propositions, with enough post-war innocence left over from a previous generation to make it funny. The average man is still polite. They take the time to consider operations (performed in a nearby station wagon), to elongate their heads, to manufacture coins in, or (my personal favorite) to store granulated sugar in. They consider mounting machine guns to a car, housing forty reindeer in their shop, renting orphan children for profit, eating people at a death ritual. After all, these men look perfectly reputable.

It’s Candid Camera, but darker. It’s the Jerky Boys, but sophisticated. It’s Kafka, but without the suffering.

If you enjoy subversive humor, buy this. It’s nonsensically smart. They’re logistical maniacs: pushing people’s buttons by challenging their sense of progress, their open minds. But exercise caution in your portable devices. I found myself bursting out into laughter, in public places, while listening to my Coyle and Sharpe box set. Perhaps it’s the best way to experience their humor: out on the streets, surrounded by the unsuspecting humorless.

Manny Wagnitz

Hilarious, and pretty impressive, really...
My only complaint was that some of my favorites were not include. However, on the plus side, i added another four or five favorites thanks to this box set "Up!" and "Sandor 21" are classic!

Kathe HAskell

Classic Comedy History
For all you would-be comedians Learn from the masters! You don't need sex or bathroom jokes to make it. These two create from the comedy of Life - of just getting through the day. Bravo!!!!

K. Gawlik

Fantastic compilation
This is a definitive collection of the work of Coyle and Sharpe, two comedic geniuses ahead of their time. The audio quality is excellent considering the original recording methods and media age. The collection includes finished pieces and a few that sound like recordings before editing or works in progress. There is also the unplanned arrest. A real gem is the TV pilot included with the set. I highly recommend it for those familiar with C&S and those who may not be, but enjoy absurd comedy.

Jules

Funniest routines I've heard in years!
The three CD's I listened to were so side-splittingly hilarious that I had to pull my car over to the side of the road several times to avoid an accident! The wild discrepancy between the lunatic inquiries of Coyle and Sharpe and the innocent responses of their "victims" achieves a level of FUNNY that is off any Humor Gauge! These guys are comic geniuses!