This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program:
For over 20 years, Jack Benny was a star of radio, from its golden age in the 1930s to the 1950s, when he moved to television. Benny, who began his entertainment career in vaudeville with a comic violin act, developed a radio persona as a well-mannered but often comically frustrated - and miserly - eccentric surrounded by a group of oddball characters. The shows feature many hilarious skits.
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"Jack Benny was among the most beloved American entertainers of the 20th century." (The Museum of Broadcast Communications)
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I grew up on Jack Benny and these episodes are a flashback to the glory days of radio. Jack and the crew are some of the best comedians of any time. Now just some you know they are late 40's and early 50's so some of the humor is different and the references can be strange to those who don't know them. Still funny and worth the time and money.
These shows are amazing. Benny was decades ahead of his time. It's no wonder so many comedians name him as their primary influence. If you're expecting a Currier and Ives tableau just because this is "nostalgia" radio, forget it. Watch Frosty the Snowman. American stand up begins here. These episodes are hung on the holiday theme, and are a good place to start. But you can download all of Jack Benny's radio shows, and a lot of his TV shows, for free on the Internet. Fitting for a genius who belongs to the ages.
Maybe Christmas is the worst possible season for the archetypal Scrooge of 20th century America. I recall roaring with laughter as I heard many of his programs, but do not recall the Christmas ones. I was surprised at how mean-spirited and repetitive they seemed to me.
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