Before “Borat” and “The Daily Show,” there was “Coyle and Sharpe.” The 1960s San Francisco radio comedy team of Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle helped to pave the way for today’s prankster comedians with their absurdist “man on the street” interviews for KGO radio. We talk with Sharpe about the art of the put-on, his long career in Bay Area broadcasting, and his Dixieland band Big Money in Jazz. He joins us as part of our “First Person” series on the leaders, innovators, and others who make the Bay Area unique.


Mal Sharpe, Bay Area radio personality, musician, and humorist. His band Big Money in Jazz plays every Saturday afternoon at the Savoy Tivoli in San Francisco's North Beach.

  • Mrs. Eccentric

    yay Mal Sharpe! “if you don’t’ like the news, go out and make some of your own!”

    as obnoxious as the internet has the potential to be, there’s a lot of opportunity for people to create their own news. I’m 51 and a housespouse, a couple of years ago i started a style blog – taking pics of myself and posting ’em out there for god and everyone to see. Well, all these years later there’s now a blogroll of 40+ lady style bloggers out there and it’s over 400! Our group of people has been asking ‘the media’ for media about us for DeCades with nothing doin’. So we went and did it ourselves – and we know who be our patron saints 😉

    (i’m at , cheers and jeers all welcome) happy day! steph

  • I’ll be Frank

    Has Mal Sharpe spotted any new talent that he thinks does man in the street interviews especially well these days?

    I’ve found two:

    Kassem G, who does the California On series that’s on YouTube:

    The Resident (Lori Dudek), who recent moved to RT:

    But surely there are others.

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