Stan Freberg is/was a multi-talented performer(mainly comedy coated with satire) in the twilight of live radio broadcasting and the golden era of television. He also excelled in television advertising with commercials which when viewed now seem pretty surreal, raising the question about the role psychedelic drugs played. Compared to what Freberg did with a can of soup, Andy Warhol was an amateur. Most latter day critics trace the genealogies of the Firesign Theater and National Lampoon back to Freberg’s work.
During the ’70s and ’80s, Freberg was often criticized as being short-sighted and unfunny when he coined the phrase “pay radio” in the ’60s to describe the use of vinyl record albums to deliver content formerly found only on live variety radio broadcasts. With the advent of satellite radio, if Stan Freberg were dead, he would be spinning in his grave. (presumably at 33 1/3 RPM)