What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Hello, Muddah


I’m embarrassed to admit that I never heard of Allan Sherman until now. He seems like the kind of comedian/musician I should have been all over, but no, he escaped me. Okay, that’s something of an exaggeration. I’ve definitely heard “Hello, Muddah, Hello, Faddah,” but gave no thought to who made it.

Not unlike Tom Lehrer about whom I wrote in “Comedy Isn’t Funny,” Sherman was an incredibly funny, scarily-clever lyricist and performer. Besides “Hello, Muddah, Hello, Faddah,” he’s best known for his Jewish-themed parodies of famous songs (“Seventy-Six Sol Cohens,” “Shticks and Stones,” “Everyone’s Cutting Off Noses”). He only started focusing on song parodies in the sixties. Until that time, the funny man had a very successful (and varied) career in entertainment as a comedy writer, television producer, singer, and actor. He was so successful, in fact, that he lived next door to Groucho Marx, who would regularly invite Sherman to his parties where the song parodies found their first audience.

Though Allan Sherman is no longer with us, his recordings and some rare videos of his television appearances abound on the internet. Enjoy!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Hello, Muddah

  1. Pretty funny and alot harder than you would think to sing like this.


  2. Allan Sherman was a riot–way ahead of Weird Al Yancovic!

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  3. I’d forgotten about Sherman but I was aware of some of his stuff in my childhood courtesy of my pun- and parody-loving Granddad. As an adult, I can really appreciate the skill and verbal dexterity required. Also, I’m thinking Jonah Hill for the biopic.

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  4. I am very lucky to have a vinyl copy of “Allan Sherman – My son, the folk singer” and it is one of my most favourite of all comedy albums. The Camp Granada song is the tip of a very, very funny iceberg!

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  5. My parents had a few comedy albums and Sherman’s were the best. Thanks for bringing him to mind.

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  6. My mom knew him when she was a kid growing up in New Rochelle!

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