you the guy on that Bert and I record?" I've
been asked that question numerous times over the
years. I usually say something like this: The 'guy'
on that record is actually two great downeast storytellers,
the late Marshall Dodge and the very-much-still-with-us
Bobby (Reverend Robert) Bryan. Since Marshall and
Bobby made that classic record back in 1957, when
I was only 6 years old, I wasn't invited to participate.
question is certainly a fair one, though. After
all, for the past twenty years my promotional
has referred to me as "Bert and I recording
artist...Tim Sample" So if I wasn't on the original
Bert and I record, what makes me a "Bert and
I recording artist?” Basically the fact that shortly after the tragic
death of Marshall Dodge in 1982, I recorded four
a videotape for the Bert and I Company (for more
details see my complete bibliography elsewhere on
One of those albums, "How to Talk Yankee," a
collaboration between and Bobby Bryan me is still one
of the funniest and most popular albums I've ever made.
Every now and then Bobby and I still perform
onstage together. Whenever we do I am privileged
him for some of the original stories he and Marshall
famous ("The Body in th’ Kelp," "The
Lighter Than Air Balloon") and we always do some
of the classic material from “How to Talk Yankee.”
Fortunately for all of us, the original recordings
have been preserved and are again available on
cassette, some on CD. I recommend any and all
of these albums
most highly. No collection of American humor
would be complete without them.