Friday, December 30, 2016
Jack Benny: New Years Eve Programs
Jack Benny, born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor.
Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age, and often (although an accomplished violinist) playing the violin - poorly!
Benny was known for his comic timing and ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature wave of the hand with an exasperated "Well!"
His radio & television programs, tremendously popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, were a foundational influence on the situation comedy genre. Dean Martin, on the celebrity roast for Johnny Carson in November 1973, introduced Benny as "the Satchel Paige of the world of comedy."
The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny was so successful in selling Jell-O, in fact, that General Foods could not manufacture it fast enough when sugar shortages arose in the early years of World War II, and the company had to stop advertising the popular dessert mix. via Archive.org
The Jack Benny Program: Goodbye 1938, Hello 1939 - January 1, 1939
The Jack Benny Program: No Date for New Year's Eve - December 31, 1939
The Jack Benny Program: Father Time Rides Again - December 29, 1940
The Jack Benny Program: New Years Eve Skit - December 27, 1942
The Jack Benny Program: New Year's Eve Party at the Biltmore Bowl - January 4, 1942
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Resolves to Be Friends with Fred Allen - December 31, 1944