Albert Pearce was a comedian, singer and banjoist who was a popular personality on several radio networks from 1928 to 1947.
After peddling insurance door-to-door during the 1920s, Al Pearce began selling real estate. With his brother Cal, he sang on the air in 1928 as part of the San Francisco Real Estate Glee Club. Al Pearce moved from music to comedy on KFRC, San Francisco, after writer Jack Hasty gave him a comedy sketch about a nervous door-to-door salesman named Elmer Blurt. As Pearce rose to fame, Blurt’s running gag, “Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope,” became a national catch phrase.
When Pearce’s The Happy Go Lucky Hour began on KFRC in 1928, his gang consisted of brother Cal, Abe Bloom, Charles Carter, Jean Clarimoux, Edna Fisher, Tommy Harris, Norman Nielsen, Monroe Upton, Hazel Warner and Cecil Wright. The musical-variety show scored such a success in San Francisco from 1928 until 1932 that it moved to the Blue Network on January 13, 1934, airing Saturdays at 6pm until September when the 30-minute series split into two 15-minute shows heard Mondays and Fridays at 5pm. It continued in those timeslots until March 29, 1935.
Pearce gained a sponsor with Pepsodent Toothpaste for Friday afternoon shows on both the Blue Network and NBC from May 13, 1935, until April 3, 1936. His mid-1930s gang included comic Morey Amsterdam, “human chatterbox” Arlene Harris, vocalist Mabel Todd, singing comic Andy Andrews, and nutty cooking and health expert “Tizzie Lish”, portrayed by Bill Comstock.