Skip to comments.Jack Benny was born 120 years ago today!
Posted on 02/14/2014 10:31:11 AM PST by lowbridge
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 December 26, 1974) was an American comedian,vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.
Benny was known for comic timing, and the ability to create laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated Well! His radio and television programs, popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, were a major influence on the sitcom genre.
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And he’s still 39!
"Dad, I said, WE have a problem. WE can't both be 39."
He looked at me with that familiar grin and said "You have a problem".
Jack Benny and Bill Cosby were the greatest at making you laugh with just a look on their face. Bill is still doing it.
*And hes still 39!*
“Now Don, cut that out!”
Hate to say this, but he died in 1974. I have to wonder how many people younger than me even remember who he was?
I have no idea.
He was old when I was young.
I have a copy of his show where Julie London was the guest...he was almost drooling! He was one of the best!
Strange. I can listen to an old Jack Benny radio program and get a number of solid, genuine laughs from it.
Yet, I can have my television turned on to the “Comedy Central” network for a full day... with its rotten movies, boorish Stewart/Colbert smarminess, and its roster of tiresome and crude late-night standup comedians... and not even get a single smile, much less an actual laugh.
“Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cu-ca-monga!”
the best comedian ever
(Carol Burnett a good second...)
“Strange. I can listen to an old Jack Benny radio program and get a number of solid, genuine laughs from it.”
Yep ! The radio “walk” to Benny’s vault was one of the funniest things ever.
120 years? Wow. It took almost that long to get into his vault!
To Be Or Not To Be
a great film
and another great one
The Horn Blows at Midnight
To celebrate, I should probably get out my old VHS bootleg tape of the movie “Love Thy Neighbor” (1940), which starred Benny and Fred Allen, playing up on their old feud. Pretty funny movie.
Jack Benny - Your Money or Your Life
“Jello again. This is your host, Jack Benny.”
Carmichael the polar bear. The banter with Phil Harris. The quiet shots from Mary Livingston. All classic.
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