Sam 'n Henry (1926-1928)
Sam ‘n Henry
(1926 – 1928)
Comedy / Musical Variety
Cast: Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll
Using characters they created, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll starred in Sam ‘n Henry, considered to be the first situation comedy on the radio. The program aired in ten-minute episodes from 1926 to 1928. Sam and Henry were based on African-American characterizations Gosden and Correll had performed on other radio shows.
Gosden and Correll voiced all of the characters on the series, while writing and producing 586 episodes. They left the program on January 29, 1928, and in March began their long-running comedy, Amos ‘n Andy, on another radio station.
The program, set in Chicago, focused on the experiences of Sam Smith and Henry Johnson in the big city upon their arrival from rural Alabama. Once they get settled, they open a moving company with Henry as the president and Sam as the guy who does all the work. They also join a fraternity, Jewels of the Crown, and become friends
with the highest officer, the Most Precious Diamond. The Most Precious Diamond’s main goal in life seems to be to hoodwink Sam and Henry out of their money.
The episodes here are excerpts or songs from recordings made by Gosden and Correll.