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Last Laughs 2004: Comedian Mort Sahl

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Last Laughs 2004: Comedian Mort Sahl

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Last Laughs 2004: Comedian Mort Sahl

Last Laughs 2004: Comedian Mort Sahl

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Before The Onion and The Daily Show, Mort Sahl's shtick satirized the news of the day. Sahl revolutionized stand-up comedy, leading the transition from tame jokes to the dark, satirical wit of comedians like Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. Terry Gross spoke to Sahl in December 2003.