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I'm posting this at the goading of my father, but it's worth hearing if you are amused by fart jokes, since this sketch is probably the King of All Fart Jokes.

First some background. It's hard to gather much information about this recording. General consensus is that it was produced by Canadians in the 1940s and then it gets hazy. The most complete information I was able to find using the Wayback Machine on a now-defunct site that many people reference, vulgarwind.com. Following are excerpts from the site giving perhaps the most reliable (or at least believable) story:
In the late 1940s Canada, or more precisely, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), was the home of what was widely recognized as the best radio drama in the English speaking world. Sometime during that period an unauthorized production slid from within the CBC studios.

This clandestine record then drifted privately through the sound suites of radio stations, film studios and other centres of Canadian grassroots culture. It was called, The Crepitation Contest.

The record bore no label giving artists' credits but the wri ter and principal performer was widely rumoured to be a member of the CBC staff, as was the sound effects man. Reliable information also tells us that a supporting actor was a senior executive with the Canadian branch of a famous record company. The program was produced, presumably on a quiet weekend, in Studio G of CBC Toronto's old Jarvis Street studios.

Rumours further suggest that more than a thousand pressings were made - during off-hours of course - using the facilities of the record company. It is also said that the major world-wide distributor was the US Navy with pressings appearing as far away as Japan.

The Crepitation Contest recording has floated around for decades, often in expurgated or poor-quality versions. The original consisted of six parts:
1. Introducing Lord Windismere, World's Champion
2. Introducing Paul Boomer, Leading Contender
3. At the Post
4. Lord Windismere's Defiance
5. Crescendo
6. Disaster

In the Encyclopedic Guide to 78 RPM Party Records it is listed as follows:
Sidney S. Brown (CBC Broadcaster) - voices, Jules Lipton (CBC Producer) - production and sound effects. Brown was a well known sports announcer in Canada but his most enduring work is the classic farting contest. Possibly recorded at "Red" Foster's Studios on Alcorn Avenue in Toronto, ca. late 1940 on one 16" lacquer disc. It was distributed as a holiday giveaway to industry clients via instantaneous discs. Reportedly it was played at a New Year's Eve party in 1943 where an unidentified admiral decided it would make a great morale booster for his sailors. Whether there ever were such under-the-counter V-Discs or not, about 1947 78 RPM masters were dubbed and two 12" 78's (four sides) were pressed by Columbia as The 1946 Canadian Crepitation Contest on the TRILLBLOW label (with cover art by Alex Steinweiss) as a premium for its distributors. Though CBS president Ted Wallerstein nixed the project, copies did circulate.

The site (linked above through the Wayback Machine) also discusses the various terms used in the contest.

And here, for your listening pleasure, is The Crepitation Contest. Enjoy.


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Jan. 10th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Less high-brow, but still funny:
Aug. 20th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
And you're who?
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Fantastic, Thanks for the memories!
Thanks to you and dad for putting this here, I heard this when I was about 11 back in 1971 on 8-Track. I laughed so hard just now I almost had the same experience as the challenger!! -NickC in Ohio
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Farting Post
I remember hearing this on 8 Track in the mid 70's and thinking it was the funniest thing I had ever heard. Thanks for the info.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Great memory of this recording
I remember this recording from the 1960s when a friend brought it to my houseand played it on our stereo player. It was his father's album.It was the funniest thing I had heard up until that point and I remember many of the ideas on that recording.
Now how does one get a hold one this recording?
Anyone know where one could get it?
Bill in Charlottetown,PEI
Jan. 4th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
Available on CD?
Loved this one at prep school, a never-failing source of mirth no matter how many times we listened in...

Does anyone know if it's available anywhere on CD/Cassette or...with apologies to the legendary Paul Boomer, downloadable?
Jan. 8th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
<lj user=captlychee> vs Mail and Medicine
User captlychee referenced to your post from captlychee vs Mail and Medicine saying: [...] them. The sparrows hadn't even got rumblings in the tummy let alone what a certain Canadian sketch [...]
Jan. 22nd, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
That record was from Lord Buckley

A hipster's hipster if there ever was one.
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