From the early 1930s onwards comedy was arguably the most popular category of radio programming on the air. Classics of this category include Fibber, Jack Benny, Amos and Andy, The Aldrich Family and Our Miss Brooks.

Abbott & Costello ShowAbbott & Costello Show
Show Count: 77
Broadcast History: 3 July 1940 to 26 March 1949
Sponsor: Camel Cigarettes
Cast: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Sid Fields, Iris Adrian, Martha Wentworth, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton
Producer: Martin Gosch
After working as Fred Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes.
Abie's Irish RoseAbie's Irish Rose
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 24 January 1942 to 2 September 1944
Cast: Bud Collyer, Alan Reed, Walter Kinsella , Alfred White, Menasha Skulnik, Anna Appel, Carl Eastman, Ann Thomas, Bill Adams, Dolores Gillen, Amanda Randolph, Sydney Smith, Betty Winkler, Rosemary Levy, Richard Bond, Julie Stevens, Marion Shockley
Director: Joe Rines
Abie's Irish Rose, a situation comedy about a young married couple from Jewish and Catholic families, replaced Knickerbocker Playhouse and ran from January 24, 1942 through September 2, 1944.
Adventures Of Topper, TheAdventures Of Topper, The
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 7 June 1945 to 13 September 1945
Cast: Roland Young, Hope Emerson, Paul Mann, Frances Chaney
Alan Young Show, TheAlan Young Show, The
Show Count: 43
Broadcast History: 28 June 1944 to 20 September 1944, 3 October 1944 to 28 June 1946, 20 September 1946 to 30 May 1947, and 11 January 1949 to 5 July 1949
Cast: Alan Young, Jean Gillespie, Doris Singleton, Ed Begley, Louise Erickson, Jim Backus, Nicodemus Stewart, Hal March, Ken Christy
Director: Helen Mack
Producer: Helen Mack
The series began on NBC Radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It then moved to ABC Radio with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III.
Anderson FamilyAnderson Family
Show Count: 30
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Archie AndrewsArchie Andrews
Show Count: 23
Broadcast History: 31 May 1943 to 24 December 1943, 17 January 1944 to 2 June 1944, and 2 June 1945 to 5 September 1953
Sponsor: Swift and Company
Cast: Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes, Burt Boyar, Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Cameron Andrews , Rosemary Rice, Joy Geffen, Doris Grundy, Gloria Mann, Vivian Smolen , Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Vinton Hayworth, Reese Taylor, Peggy Allenby, Paul Gordon, Arthur Maitland
Producer: Kenneth W. MacGregor
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, as well as the long-running Archie Andrews radio series, a syndicated comic strip, The Archie Show, and Archie's Weird Mysteries.
Baby Snooks ShowBaby Snooks Show
Show Count: 150
Broadcast History: 29 February 1936 to 6 June 1936, 23 December 1937 to 25 July 1940, 5 September 1940 to 15 June 1944, 17 September 1944 to 28 May 1948, and 8 November 1949 to 22 May 1951
Cast: Lois Corbett, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Lalive Brownell, Arlene Harris, Leone Ledoux, Alan Reed, Danny Thomas, Charlie Cantor, Ken Christy, Irene Tedrow, Frank Nelson, Ben Alexander, Lillian Randolph, Elvia Allman, Earl Lee, Sara Berner
Director: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Producer: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Beulah Show, TheBeulah Show, The
Show Count: 14
Broadcast History: 2 July 1945 to 17 March 1946, 24 February 1947 to 20 August 1947, 24 November 1947 to 10 April 1953 and 28 September 1953 to 28 May 1954
Sponsor: Procter & Gamble, General Foods, General Motors
Cast: Lois Corbett, Marlin Hurt, Hattie McDaniel, Lillian Randolph, Amanda Randolph, Hugh Studebaker, Mary Jane Croft, Henry Blair, Ruby Dandridge, Ernie Whitman, Sammy Ogg, Bob Corley, Butterfly McQueen, Nicodemus Stewart, Roy Glenn, Jess Kirkpatrick, John Brown, Louise Beavers, Vivian Dandridge, Dorothy Dandridge
Director: Tom McKnight, Steve Hatos
Producer: Helen Mack, Tom McKnight, Steve Hatos
An American situation-comedy series that ran on CBS Radio from 1945 to 1954, and on ABC Television from 1950 to 1952. The show is notable for being the first sitcom to star an African American actress.
Bickersons, TheBickersons, The
Show Count: 60
Broadcast History: 8 September 1946 to 1 June 1947, 24 September 1947 to 25 June 1948 and 5 June 1951 to 28 August 1951
Sponsor: Drene Shampoo, Old Gold Cigarettes
Cast: Frances Langford, Don Ameche, Danny Thomas, Lew Parker, Frank Morgan
Show Count: 20
Broadcast History: 3 July 1939 to 26 June 1944, 21 July 1944 to 1 September 1944, 13 August 1944 to 26 September 1948, 6 October 1948 to 29 June 1949 and 6 October 1949 to 6 July 1950
Cast: Penny Singleton, Ann Rutherford, Alice White, Patricia Vann Cleve, Arthur Lake, Leone Ledoux, Tommy Cook, Larry Sims, Bobby Ellis, Jeffrey Silver, Marlene Aames, Norma Jean Nilsson, Joan Rae, Hanley Stafford, Elvia Allman, Frank Nelson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Harry Lang, Dix Davis, Mary Jane Croft, Veola Vonn, Lurene Tuttle, Rosemary DeCamp, Ed MacDonald, Hans Conried
Producer: Ashmead Scott
Show Count: 21
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Blue Ribbon TownBlue Ribbon Town
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 27 March 1943 to 5 August 1944
Sponsor: Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
Cast: Virginia O'Brien, Groucho Marx, Leo Gorcey, Fay McKenzie
Director: Dick Mack
Producer: Dick Mack
Host: Groucho Marx, Kenny Baker
Bob & Ray ShowBob & Ray Show
Show Count: 128
Broadcast History: 2 July 1951 to 9 October 1953, 7 July 1951 to 26 September 1951, 3 October 1955 to 20 September 1957 and 29 June 1959 to 24 June 1960
Cast: Ray Goulding, Bob Elliot
Director: Ken MacGregor
Bob Hope ShowBob Hope Show
Show Count: 42
Broadcast History: 4 January 1935 to 5 April 1935, 14 September 1935 to 3 September 1936, 9 May 1937 to 26 September 1937, 8 December 1937 to 23 March 1938, 27 September 1938 to 8 June 1948, 14 September 1948 to 13 June 1950, and 3 October 1950 to 21 April 1955
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, Bromo Seltzer, Atlantic Oil, Lucky Strike, Swan Soap, American Dairy, General Foods, Woodbury Soap
Cast: Bob Hope, James Melton, Jane Froman, Patricia Wilder, Frank Parker, Jerry Colonna, Blanche Stewart, Elvia Allman, Doris Day, Frances Langford, Barbara Jo Allen, Stan Kenton, Skinnay Ennis, Desi Arnaz, Les Brown
Director: Bill Lawrence, Norman Morrell, Bob Stephenson, Al Capstaff
Producer: Bill Lawrence, Norman Morrell, Bob Stephenson, Al Capstaff
Bright StarBright Star
Show Count: 20
Broadcast History: 1952-1953
Cast: Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray
Burns & AllenBurns & Allen
Show Count: 159
Broadcast History: 15 February 1932 to 13 June 1934, 19 September 1934 to 24 March 1937, 12 April 1937 to 1 August 1938, 30 September 1938 to 23 June 1939, 4 October to 1939 to 26 June 1940, 1 July 1940 to 24 March 1941, 7 October 1941 to 30 June 1942, 6 October 1942 to 25 June 1945, 20 September 1945 to 23 June 1949 and 21 September 1949 to 17 May 1950
Sponsor: Robert Burns Panatella, White Owl Cigars, Campbell Soups, Grape Nuts, Chesterfield Cigarettes, Hinds Cream, Hormel Meats, Lever Brothers, Swan Soap, Maxwell House Coffee Time, Block Drugs
Cast: Gracie Allen, George Burns, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Margaret Brayton, Sara Berner, Clarence Nash, Elliott Lewis, Mary Lee Robb, Richard Crenna, Joseph Kearns, Eric Snowden, Bea Benaderet, Hal March, Gerald Mohr, Marvin Miller, Wally Maher, Doris Singleton, Dawn Bender, Tommy Bernard, Gale Gordon, Hans Conried
Director: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Producer: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Candid MicrophoneCandid Microphone
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 28 June 1947 to 23 September 1948 and 6 June 1950 to 29 August 1950
Cast: Alan Funt
Host: Alan Funt
Date With Judy, ADate With Judy, A
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 24 June 1941 to 16 September 1941, 23 June 1942 to 15 September 1942, 18 January 1944 to 4 January 1949 and 13 October 1949 to 25 May 1950
Cast: Lois Corbett, Ann Gillis, Paul McGrath, Margaret Brayton, Tommy Bond, Lurene Tuttle, Dellie Ellis, Stanley Farrar, Louse Erickson, Joseph Kearns, John Borwn, Bea Benaderet, Georgia Backus, Myra Marsh, Dix Davis, Harry Harvey, Richard Crenna, Sandra Gould
Director: Tom McAvity, Helen Mack
Producer: Tom McAvity, Helen Mack, Robert Holmes, Clara Groves
Day In The Life Of Dennis Day,  ADay In The Life Of Dennis Day, A
Show Count: 54
Broadcast History: 3 October 1946 to 30 June 1951
Sponsor: Lustre Creme Shampoo
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Dennis Day, Sharon Douglas, Barbara Eiler, Betty Miles, Francis Trout, John Brown
Director: Frank O'Connor
Producer: Frank O'Connor
Dunninger the MentalistDunninger the Mentalist
Show Count: 7
Broadcast History:
Fabulous Dr. Tweedy, TheFabulous Dr. Tweedy, The
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 2 June 1946 to 26 March 1947
Sponsor: Lucky Strike, Pall Mall
Cast: Frank Morgan, Barbara Eiler, Harry Von Zell, John Hiestand, Nana Bryant, Eddie Green
Father Knows BestFather Knows Best
Show Count: 112
Broadcast History: 25 August 1949 to 19 November 1953
Sponsor: General Foods
Cast: Robert Young, Sam Edwards, Norma Jean Nilsson, Herb Vigran, June Whitley, Eleanor Audley, Ted Donaldson, Rhoda Williams, Jean Vander Pyl
Director: Ken Burton, Fran Van Hartesfeldt, Murray Bolen
Producer: Ken Burton, Fran Van Hartesfeldt, Murray Bolen
An American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio from 1949 to 1954 and on television from 1954 to 1960.
Fibber McGee & MollyFibber McGee & Molly
Show Count: 689
Broadcast History: 16 April 1935 to 2 June 1935, 8 July 1935 to 7 March 1938, 15 March 1938 to 30 June 1953, 5 October 1953 to 23 March 1956, and 1 June 1957 to 6 September 1959
Sponsor: Johnson's Wax, Pet Milk, Reynolds Aluminum
Cast: Gale Gordon, Harold Peary, Marian Jordan, Jim Jordan, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Hugh Studebaker, Bill Thompson, Marlin Hurt, Isabel Randolph, Ransom Sherman, Gene Carrol
Director: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Producer: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Fred Allen Show, TheFred Allen Show, The
Show Count: 89
Broadcast History: 23 October 1932 to 16 April 1933, 4 August 1933 to 1 December 1933, 3 January 1934 to 26 June 1940, 2 October 1940 to 25 June 1944, 7 October 1945 to 28 December 1947, and 4 january 1948 to 26 June 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Helen Morgan, Sheila berrtt, Roy Atwell, Charlie Carlisle, Jack Smart, Minerva Pious, Lionel Stander, Eileen Douglas, Town Hall Quartet, Merry Macs, Alan Reed, John Brown, Charlie Cantor, Peter Donald, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar
Producer: Roger White, Sylvester Weaver, Vick Knight, Howard Reilly
Free Company, TheFree Company, The
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History:
Gasoline AlleyGasoline Alley
Show Count: 1
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Glamour ManorGlamour Manor
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 25 August 1945 to 27 June 1947
Cast: John McIntire, Bea Benaderet, Lurene Tuttle, Barbara Eiler, Tyler McVey, Cliff Arquette
Granby's Green AcresGranby's Green Acres
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 3 July 1950 to 21 August 1950
Cast: Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Parley Baer, Louise Erickson
Director: Jay Sommers
Producer: Jay Sommers
Halls Of Ivy, TheHalls Of Ivy, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 6 June 1950 to 6 January 1952
Cast: Arthur Q. Bryan, Willard Waterman, Ronald Colman, Benita Hume Colman, Alan Reed, Herb Butterfield, Elizabeth Patterson, Gloria Gordon, Jerry Hausner, Paula Winslowe, Raymond Lawrence, Sheldon Leonard, Herb Vigran, Ken Christy, Jean Vander Pyl, Jeffrey Silver, Johnny McGovern, Charles Seel, Bob Seeney, Virginia Gregg, Rolfe Sedan
Director: Nat Wolff
Producer: Don Quinn, Nat Wolff
A situation comedy show, which follows the daily trials and tribulations of a college president in a small American College. It ran for two seasons from 1950 to 1952 and was aired at 8pm initially on Fridays and then on a Wednesday evening for the second season.
Hardy FamilyHardy Family
Show Count: 14
Broadcast History: 1949 to 1950 and 3 January 1952 to 1 January 1953
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Lewis Stone
Director: Thomas McAvity
Henry Morgan Show TheHenry Morgan Show The
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 28 October 1940 to 25 January 1943, 8 October 1945 to 16 July 1946, 3 September 1946 to 24 June 1948, 13 March 1949 to 16 June 1950, and 6 February 1950 to 23 June 1950
Cast: Henry Morgan, Arnold Stang, Art Carney, Florence Halop, Madeline Lee, Kenny Delmar
Director: Kenneth MacGregor, Charles Powers
Host: Henry Morgan
Henry Morgan's radio career began as a page at New York station WMCA in 1932, after which he held a number of obscure radio jobs, including announcing. He strenuously objected to the professional name "Morgan". What was wrong with his own name, Henry van Ost, Jr.? he asked. Too exotic, too unpronounceable, he was told. "What about the successful announcers Harry von Zell or Westbrook Van Voorhis?" he countered. But it was no use, and the bosses finally told Henry he could take the job or leave it. Thus began a long history of Henry's having arguments with executives.
I Love LucyI Love Lucy
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 27 February 1952
Cast: Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, William Frawley, Vivian Vance
It's Higgins, SirIt's Higgins, Sir
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 3 July 1951 to 25 September 1951
Cast: Harry McNaughton, Vinton Hayworth, Peggy Allenby, Charles Nevil, Pat Hosley, Denise Alexander
Director: Paul Harrison
Jack Webb Show, TheJack Webb Show, The
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: Spring 1946
Cast: Jack Webb, John Gilbraith
Jean ShepherdJean Shepherd
Show Count: 27
Broadcast History: 1948 until the 1970s
Host: Jean Shepherd
Shepherd began his broadcast radio career on WSAI in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1948. From 1951 to 1953 he had a late-night broadcast on KYW in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which he returned to Cincinnati for a show on WLW.
Johnson FamilyJohnson Family
Show Count: 35
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Life With LuigiLife With Luigi
Show Count: 78
Broadcast History: 21 September 1948 to 3 March 1953
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Jody Gilbert, Gil Stratton Jr., Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters
Director: William N Robson, Mac Benoff
Producer: Cy Howard
Meet Corliss ArcherMeet Corliss Archer
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 7 January 1943 to 30 September 1956
Cast: Priscilla Lyon, Irvin Lee, Dexter Franklin, Bill Christy, David Hughes, Burt Boyar, Frank Martin, Gloria Holden, Irene Tedrow, Norman Field, Mary Wickes, Janet Waldo, Lugene Sandars, Sam Edwards, Fred Shields, Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin, Bebe Young, Barbara Whiting, Dolores Crane
Director: Bert Prager, Helen Mack
Although Meet Corliss Archer was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.
Mel Blanc ShowMel Blanc Show
Show Count: 41
Broadcast History: 3 September 1946 to 24 June 1947
Sponsor: Colgate
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Earle Ross, Jim Backus, Joe Kearns, Sportsmen Quartet
Director: Joe Rines, Sam Fuller
Producer: Joe Rines, Sam Fuller
Milton Berle ShowMilton Berle Show
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 3 March 1943 to 15 June 1949
Cast: Arthur Q. Bryan, Milton Berle, Charles Irving, Ed Begley, Mary Shipp, Arnold Stang, Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Kay Armen, Al Kelly
Director: Cy Howard
Producer: Cy Howard
Misadventures of Si and Elmer, TheMisadventures of Si and Elmer, The
Show Count: 41
Broadcast History:
Mr. & Mrs. BlandingsMr. & Mrs. Blandings
Show Count: 7
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My Favorite HusbandMy Favorite Husband
Show Count: 99
Broadcast History: 1948 - 1951
Cast: Ruth Perrott, Gale Gordon, Lucille Ball, Richard Denning, Bea Benaderet
Producer: Jess Oppenheimer
My Friend IrmaMy Friend Irma
Show Count: 49
Broadcast History: 1947 to 1954
Old Gold Comedy TheaterOld Gold Comedy Theater
Show Count: 30
Broadcast History: 1929 to 1948
Host: Harold Lloyd
Sam & HenrySam & Henry
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 12 January 1926 to 18 December 1927
Cast: Charles Correll, Freeman Gosden
Stan Freberg ShowStan Freberg Show
Show Count: 19
Broadcast History: 14 July 1957 to 20 October 1957
Cast: Stan Freberg, Peter Leeds, June Foray, Daws Butler
Producer: Stan Freberg, Peter Barnum