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Life With Luigi

Life With Luigi

At 9pm on Tuesday 21st September 1948 the first episode of Life of Luigi was broadcast. A week earlier the Bob Hope Show had returned to the air at exactly the same time on Tuesday nights. This meant that the creator and producer Cy Howard was going head-to-head with one of the most popular radio shows of all time. How could it possibly compete?

Before becoming one of radio’s success stories with My Friend Irma and Life of Luigi Cy Howard had been a chronic introvert who had made a pact with himself to turn his life around. He left his job as a salesman and took on various positions at local radio stations such as KTHR in Houston and WBBM in Chicago. In 1946 he arrived at CBS with the idea for My Friend Irma at the front of his mind. The show was a huge success on radio and quickly moved to TV.

Feeling confident Cy started work on Life with Luigi. The show was originally called The Little Imiigrant, but the name was changed before the first broadcast. The lead character was a recent Italian immigrant called Luigi Basco played wonderfully by J. Carrol Naish, an Irishman in real life. Luigi had moved from Rome to run an antique shop next to Pasquale’s Spaghetti Palace in the Little Italy section of Chicago and the stories revolved around his efforts to discover and integrate into his new environment.

There are very few characters and only three major locations (the antique shop, the Spaghetti Palace, and the night school which Luigi attends). The plots are far from complex, but they provide an excellent vehicle for mirth and merriment.

All in all Life of Luigi is a classic and much underrated radio comedy. It has stood the test of time far better than many of its contemporaries and in my opinion is as funny today as it ever was.

If you need some light-hearted relief then you won’t go far wrong with Life of Luigi. It certainly gave Bob Hope a run for his money back in the late 1940s.

Broadcast: 21 September 1948
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Broadcast: November 9, 1948
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Broadcast: 16 November 1948
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Broadcast: 30 November 1948
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Broadcast: 07 December 1948
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Broadcast: 14 December 1948
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Broadcast: 20th December 1948
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 09 January 1949
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Broadcast: 6th February 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 20th February 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: March 6, 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 13th March 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 20th March 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 27th March 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 3rd April 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 10th April 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 24th April 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 1st May 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 8th May 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 29th November 1949
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 20 December 1949
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Broadcast: 27th December 1949
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Broadcast: 3rd January 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 31 January 1950
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Broadcast: 21st February 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 28th February 1950
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Broadcast: 14th March 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 21st March 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 28th March 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 4th April 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 25th April 1950
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Broadcast: 6th June 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: July 4, 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: 15th August 1950
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Broadcast: 22nd August 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
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Broadcast: September 5, 1950
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
Added: Sep 04 2006
Broadcast: 12th September 1950
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Broadcast: 19th September 1950
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Broadcast: 26th September 1950
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Broadcast: 20th March 1951
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Broadcast: March 27, 1951
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Broadcast: 22nd May 1951
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Broadcast: June 12, 1951
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Broadcast: 1st January 1952
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Broadcast: 26th February 1952
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Broadcast: 4th March 1952
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Broadcast: March 11, 1952
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Broadcast: 25th March 1952
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Broadcast: April 1, 1952
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Broadcast: April 8, 1952
Starring: J. Carrol Naish
Added: Mar 27 2005
Broadcast: 15th April 1952
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Broadcast: 22nd April 1952
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Broadcast: 9th January 1953
Added: Jan 10 2006