Joe Laurie Jr.

Show Count: 4
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: 1892, New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 29, 1954 , New York City, New York, USA

Joe Laurie, Jr. (1892, New York City, New York - April 29, 1954, New York City, New York) was a vaudeville monologist who later performed on Broadway.

On radio he was one of the comedic panelists on the popular joke-telling series, Can You Top This? He also portrayed the character of Sniffy on the Mutual daytime drama, We Were Always Young.


His jokes were part of Cream of the Crop (Grosset and Dunlap, 1947) along with other members of the Can You Top This? team.

He collaborated with Abel Green on the show business history, Show Biz: From Vaude to Video (1951) and then followed with his memoir, Vaudeville: From the Honky-Tonks to the Palace (1953).

Laurie's first wife was his vaudeville partner, Aleen Bronson, in the act, Laurie & Bronson. During the 1940s, Laurie and his second wife, Nellie Butcher (1922–1954), lived at 130 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

Source: Wikipedia

Can You Top ThisCan You Top This
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 9 December 1940 to 19 September 1945, 3 October 1942 to 25 September 1948, 29 September 1948 to 24 May 1950, 23 September 1950 to 26 June 1951, 5 October 1953 to 26 March 1954 and 2 April 1954 to 9 July 1954
Cast: Senator Ed Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald
Host: Ward Wilson
Broadcast: July 4, 1944
Added: Jul 04 2008