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Stan Freberg, master of comedy parodies and commercials, dies at 88
Stan Freberg, master of comedy parodies and commercials, dies at 88

Stan Freberg, an influential master of the lampoon who channeled his off-the-wall sensibility into groundbreaking radio shows, comedy albums and hundreds of humorous television commercials for products such as chow mein and prunes, died of natural causes Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his family, who said he had a number of age-related ailments, including pneumonia. Freberg's path to the nation's funny bone was unconventional: Unlike stand-up comics who recorded comedy albums of their nightclub acts in front of live audiences, Freberg went straight into the studio at Capitol Records in Hollywood and, bolstered by actors,...

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