Various Artists: The American Comedy Box (1995)

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By Scott Goldfine

In an ambitious undertaking, the folks at Rhino Records have string together an aural history of comedy with the four-CD boxed set “The American Comedy Box.” Covering 1915-1994, the package presents comedy via broad themes (political, standup, etc.) and includes such greats as W.C. Fields, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor.

Some of the early stuff falls flat, but loads of classic routines make up for it.

GRADE: B+

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