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Francis Beckett - Tom Lehrer, Harvard's King of Comedy

Features | By Francis Beckett

A one-man satire boom: Tom Lehrer in the sixties

Tom Lehrer went from satire genius to Ivy League maths professor. Now, at 92, the great man is giving away his archive.

Most famous performers maximise their income. If I’d had to bet which performer would break that habit, I’d have put my money on Tom Lehrer. In October, Lehrer, aged 92, put his songs on his website and announced that anyone can use them for nothing, until 31st December 2024. You can even mess around with them; put your own words to his music, for example. ...


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