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  Benny, Jack
Benny played a fictional version of himself, Jack Benny the television star, and the program often revolved around preparation for the next week's show--involving interactions between Benny and a regular stable of characters that included the program's announcer, Don Wilson, and its resident crooner, Dennis Day.
Despite his conceit and braggadocio, however, Jack Benny's video persona was uniquely endearing and even in many ways admirable.
As Benny's employee he was, after all, always in a nominally subservient position.
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 Radio Hall of Fame - Jack Benny, Comedian
Benny Kubelsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 14, 1894.
Highly polished scripts kept hammering away on Benny’s portrayal of himself as a stingy and vain man, concerned about his receding hairline and adamant that he was no older than 39.
Jack Benny was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
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 Jack Benny Biography
The plan was foiled by Benny's parents who refused to let their son then seventeen go on the road but it was the beginning of his long friendship with Zeppo Marx.
Benny's program centered around the character of "Jack Benny a fictional version of Benny who was a successful comedian and who also displayed a virtual encyclopedia of human failings: the Benny character was cheap, petty and vain, and the program introduced a stable of colorful characters who made Benny their foil.
Benny was also notable for employing a small group of writers most of whom stayed with him for many years in contrast to other radio or television comedians such as Bob Hope who would change writers frequently.
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 Jack Benny's grave
Benny may have been the first standup comedian, as the term is known, as well as one of the first to work with what became the situation comedy.
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville performer, but he became an enormously successful national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1948 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run.
Benny's longest-running sponsor, however, was the American Tobacco Company's Lucky Strike cigarettes, from 1944 to 1955, and it was during Lucky Strike's sponsorship that the show became, at last, The Jack Benny Program once and for all.
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 CMT.com : Jack Benny : Biography
Benny may have played the ego obsessed miser, but nobody was more gracious, especially when it came to sharing the laughs on his radio and-later-television shows among his ensemble cast.
Benny was not only the pioneer of ensemble cast sitcom work but the genius who knew what made it tick, knowing full well that it didn't matter if you (or for matter, who) got all the laughs as long as the people tuned back in to your show every week.
Benny went on to do specials for CBS for another nine years, himself being awarded the very first Trustees Award ever presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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  Jack Benny Summary
Benny realized early on that "if you want the laughs you have to put something in a ridiculous light, even yourself." Benny was not a gifted clown or a sparkling wit, so he and his writers crafted a well-rounded persona with the weaknesses and imperfections of his audience.
Benny may have been the first standup comedian, as the term is known, as well as one of the first to work with what became the situation comedy.
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville star, but he became an enormously successful national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1948 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run.
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 The Jack Benny Show
Before the TV show, there was a Jack Benny Program on the radio that aired from May 2, 1932 through May 22, 1955 for a whopping 920 episodes!.
Jack once appeared on, "The $64,000 Question." Benny quit after answering only one question and took home $64.00 because he was so afraid of losing it.
Jack Benny was born "Benjamin Kubelsky" on February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois.
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 Jack Benny
In 1911, at the age of 17, Benny was playing the violin in the pit orchestra at a vaudeville theater in Waukegan, for $7.50 per week, when the Marx Brothers brought their act to town.
In 1961, Benny returned to his hometown of Waukegan to dedicate Jack Benny Junior High School, where the school sports teams are still known as the "39'ers," in his honor.
The florist told her that Benny had made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life, and included a provision in his will for the deliveries - a touching and romantic final gesture for a man born on Valentine's Day.
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 Jack Benny Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Jack Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky on February 14, 1894, in Waukegan, Illinois.
It was Benny who discovered that the humor had to emerge from the character and that the key to longevity on radio was not novelty but familiarity.
Benny knew, however, that by letting his cast get most of the laughs, his character became not only the butt of the jokes but the center of attraction as well.
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 The Jack Benny Program TV Show - The Jack Benny Program Television Show - TV.com
Jack Benny made his television debut after a long career in vaudeville, radio and film.
Jack's on-air persona was of a vain, stingy character who always claimed to be age 39.
It is also worth noting that the show moved from CBS to NBC prior to the 1964-65 season.', 'Jack Benny made his television debut after a long career in vaudeville, radio and film.
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 Frequently Asked Questions
Jack was a handsome young man who, like many vaudevillians, had women in many cities on the circuit.
Zeppo encouraged Jack to accompany him to a wild party, not revealing to Jack that it was actually a family seder.
Jack pled innocent to the charge but was found guilty, and received a fine of $10,000 and a one-year-and-one-day suspended sentence.
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 Funnyman Jack Benny Won Hearts Mainly by Making Fun of Himself
Jack Benny was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February fourteenth, Eighteen Ninety-Four.
Benny was such a good violin player that, for a time, he wanted to become a musician.
Jack Benny was one of the first comedians who was willing to let other people share some of the laughs.
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 Jack Benny's Anaheim
Benny was soon escorted to the corner of Palm and Cypress streets where he climbed aboard the waiting vehicle.
Jack climaxed his act by playing his signature piece, "Love in Bloom" on his ever-present violin, much to the delight of the crowd.
Jack Benny continued to use the "Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc----amonga" routine throughout his radio career and reprised it when his show came to the new medium of television in 1951.
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 Vartox's Jack Benny page
Jack's timing, cast of characters, and his legendary stranglehold on his money made the perennial 39-year-old unique in the entertainment world.
As Jack's character was unmarried, he was "free" to pursue gorgeous younger women.
Jack, though he wasn't as proficient on the violin as he wished he was, was actually more serious about his playing than the general public might have thought.
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 Jack Benny (1894-1974)
It is a measure of how beloved Jack Benny is that 50 years after his last regular radio show (in a career that spanned 1932-1955 in radio alone), anonymous fans have made available on Internet nearly 400 MP3 files of his radio shows.
Jack Benny was perhaps unique among major radio stars in that he hardly had a funny line in most of his shows.
Jack's many side businesses, including doing the laundry for his neighbors, selling sandwiches on cross country train trips, renting out his back yard as a parking lot, renting towels to people who use his pool, selling Christmas cards; and playing violin and parking cars at weddings.
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 Jack Benny
Or so his legions of fans believed, due to Jack's never-ending charade of penny-pinching jokes he made about himself throughout his career.
Like so many performers of Jack's generation, he began in vaudeville, then graduated to film, radio, and finally, television.
Jack's violin was as much a part of the act as impeccable comic timing, and his universal appeal helped make him one of the highest paid entertainers of his era.
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 Jack Benny
Or so his legions of fans believed, due to Jack's never-ending charade of penny-pinching jokes he made about himself throughout his career.
Like so many performers of Jack's generation, he began in vaudeville, then graduated to film, radio, and finally, television.
Jack's violin was as much a part of the act as impeccable comic timing, and his universal appeal helped make him one of the highest paid entertainers of his era.
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 Jack Benny
One of America's most beloved comedians, Jack Benny was famous for his comedic alter-ego: the stingy guy who shot reproachful looks at his sidekicks while playing the violin and offering perfectly timed pauses and comments.
Though he began on radio, Benny successfully entered films and was a television star for decades.
Benny, Jack and his daughter Joan; with a foreword by George Burns.
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 Jack Benny Television Program DVD
Benny was famous for his carefully timed pauses; one of the most famous laughs in radio came when he was accosted by a robber who demanded, "Your money or your life!" After an extended pause, the gunman reiterated the threat.
Jack was also featured in many big Hollywood movies, including the Academy Award-winning
To Be or Not to Be The failure of one Benny vehicle,
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 Jack Benny -
She was to become Mary Livingstone, one of Jack Benny's regular characters for the rest of his life.
Jack was really the opposite of all the things he enacted on his show except, perhaps, for his violin playing.
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 Jack Benny - Muppet Wiki
Jack Benny (1894-1974) was a popular radio comedian, as star of The Jack Benny Program, from 1932 until 1955, and later transferred the program to television, where it ran on CBS from 1950 until 1965, and in sporadic specials thereafter.
He also appeared in many films, starring in To Be or Not to Be (later remade by Mel Brooks) and the infamous The Horn Blows at Midnight and with cameos in It's a Mad Mad Mad World and others.
Benny was also a popular guest star on the talk show circuit, and appeared in the January 23, 1974 broadcast of Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
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 The Jack Benny Program- JTEC International
The basic plot line revolved around the mishaps and adventures of the basic cast, along the way revolutionizing the art of "character degradation," much to the dismay of the shrewd, balding Jack Benny.
Jack was like the Jerry Seinfeld of radio, in the fact that the characters around him got most of the laughs, mainly at his expense.
If you have any specific questions about the show or about any of the characters or plots in general, don't hesitate to e-mail me. Comments and criticism are welcome as well.
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 Amazon.com: Jack Benny: Books: Mary Livingstone,Mary Livingstone Benny,Hilliard Marks,Marcia Borie
This loving biography is written by Jack Benny's widow, Mary Livingstone Benny, her brother and Macia Borie.
Maybe back in the day the routine was funny, but in print the account of how Benny and Greg Peck traded laughs and quips over who beat their wife more often is crass.
Her biggest laugh on radio came with a bit where Jack is talking on and on about something and Mary finally turns to him and says, "Oh, shut up!" That brought the house down, she reports.
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 jack benny radio archives
The Jack Benny Program was in production on two different radio networks from 1932 to 1955, under six product brands.
They are of inconsistent recording and transfer quality; one or two are not complete shows and several have been edited (missing commercials and musical numbers).
To learn more about Jack Benny, his cast and crew, Hollywood and Old Time Radio, review the links on the right.
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Your Sight to Connect and rejoin Jack and the Gang.
Jack even lets the writers and the writers' writer use the front entrance.
Jack welcomes her back with a box of candies.
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 The Jack Benny Show at OTR.Network (Old Time Radio)
Jack Is Held up on His Way to Don's House
Jack Resolves to Be Friends W F Allen
Jack Is Invited to the Colman's for Dinner
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 Jack Benny : Comedian Profile
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky) was a comedian, vaudeville performer, film actor, and one of the most prominent early stars of American radio and television.
Often cited for his impeccable comic timing, Benny was an influential comedy innovator, a major architect of the modern forms of standup comedy and situation comedy.
Benny grew up in Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois.
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 Jack Benny
The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study...
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask (1971) (TV)....
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 Jack Benny — Infoplease.com
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Benny the troublemaker: Benicio Del Toro has one of Hollywood's most haunted faces.
Jack Nicholson & Benicio Del Toro: two reasons to go to the movies talk about their crazy business.(Interview)
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 Jack Benny - AOL Music
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville performer, but he became an enormously successful national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show...
Jack Benny was among the most beloved American entertainers of the 20th century.
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