Hello everyone, and welcome back to “Old Time Radio History”. It’s another humorous post today, and as I write this, this is exactly what the doctor order. Who can’t help but love Jack Benny. Wait, you mean you’ve never heard of Jack Benny?!
How dare you! I must enlighten you…now!
That’s Jack Benny with Mel Blanc. Yes, the guy who voiced most of the Looney Tunes characters. Benny is a one of a kind comedian known for his persona as a penny-pinching miser who is horribly bad at the violin. But, what made Jack Benny was not only his excellent grasp at comedic timing, but also his stellar accompanying cast. There’s Rochester, his valet/chauffeur, who was a history maker by being the first African-American to have a regular role on a national radio show (which was huge back in the 1930s), Mary Livingstone, who was Benny’s wife off-air, but had many different roles on-air. There’s Dennis Day, the “young” man that could sing tenor, but wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box, among many others.
Did I mention how great Benny was at his timing? While on the radio, you couldn’t see what he was doing, but while watching him deliver some of the same skits, you could see the body language and facial expressions that would help get the crowd all riled up.
I could go on and on all day about Mr. Benny, but, there’s some other exciting things on that you’re probably wanting to get to today. Well, until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been…