Coyle and Sharpe

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Coyle and Sharpe were United States comedians that appeared on television and radio during the early 1960s, exhibiting their mastery of the "man on the street" interview, with humorous results.


Coyle and Sharpe began their comedy team in 1958 in a boarding house. On their official website, Jim Coyle is described as a "benign conman who talked his way into 119 jobs by the time he was 25".[1] At the time of their meeting, Mal Sharpe had just graduated from college and was interested in the burgeoning San Francisco scene.

In 1964, they were hired by radio station KGO (AM) in San Francisco to pull pranks, or as they jokingly referred to them, "Terrorizations". The radio show was called "Coyle and Sharpe On The Loose". Shortly after these broadcasts aired, they released two records on the Warner Bros. label: The Absurd Imposters and The Insane Minds Of Coyle And Sharpe.

In 1963 Coyle & Sharpe shot a few skits on San Francisco's Market Street, and soon they made a pilot for a TV show in Los Angeles.[2][3]

Mal Sharpe continued to do the "Man on the Street" interviews. In the year 2000, Sharpe hosted a centennial exhibit at the Whitney Museum, called "The American Century". Coyle and Sharpe were featured in the Soundworks Exhibit for this presentation.

They have one record that re-presented their seminal comedy material in 2000 from Thirsty Ear, entitled Coyle And Sharpe-Audio Visionaries.


Jim Coyle died in 1992 of complications from diabetes.[4]


  1. ^ "coyle & sharpe". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Coyle & Sharpe: The Warbler". Funny Or Die. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  3. ^ 'Coyle & Sharpe: The Efficiency Experts'
  4. ^ "Early LCD | Coyle and Sharp Homepage". Retrieved 2016-05-02. 

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