Nichols and May was a Grammy Award-winning American improvisational comedy duo act developed by Mike Nichols (1931-2014) and Elaine May (born 1932). Their three comedy albums reached the Billboard Top 40 between 1959 and 1962. Many comedians have cited them as key influences in modern comedy. You can't get any better than they were," TV host Dick Cavett remembered, "They were one of the comic meteors in the sky.
It peaked at 10 on the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy Award in 1961 for Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, Spoken or Musical.
The freshness of interaction between Nichols and May remains as timeless to modern ears as it must have to the audiences that packed Broadway's Golden Theatre during the fall of 1960. The cinematic qualities that both actors bring to the various scenes throughout An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May foreshadow the illustrative careers they would respectively garner.
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When Nichols first met Elaine, he was dazzled-and intimidated-by her sheer inventiveness and dangerous wit. Their first improvisation happened offstage, at a chance meeting in the waiting room of Illinois Central’s Randolph Street Station. Mike, pretending to be some kind of Russian spy, sidled up to Elaine: May I seeet down, plis? Elaine instantly went into character: If you veesh. Nichols and May combined the political and social satire of Sahl and Bruce with the inspired comic skits of Caesar and Coca. Individually, each one is a genius, says Woody Allen. And when they worked together, the sum was even greater than the combination of the parts-the two of them came along and elevated comedy to a brand-new level. He thought the best work was being done there, in such shows as Breaking Bad. Elaine hadn’t seen it.
Listen to music from Mike Nichols, Elaine May like Mother and Son, Adultery & more. The Best of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. 8 tracks.
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Nichols and May recorded three albums from 1959 – 1962 and appeared on TV shows and even opened a play on Broadway, An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May (which was recorded and won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album ). To Read the Full Story.