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Well deserving of that crown too.
You gentlemen (and gentle lady) know that every time you post a photo of my comedy idol the world seems just a little bit brighter."An unemployed jester is nobody's fool..." -- Danny Kaye
I don't have nearly enough Fred Allen. Tons of Bob & Ray and Jack Benny...need to find some OTR sites and start downloading.
I saw a number of the Fred Allen episodes of "What's My Line?" courtesy of GSN. He wasn't at the heights of his powers in that format, but he was still great. Too bad Mr. Benny didn't appear as a mystery guest on the show until 1962.
What he'd do, back in his vaudeville days, was he'd have them project a slide of the president (then Woodrow Wilson) on the curtain, and the audience would applaud, and then they'd project a slide of Abraham Lincoln, and the crowd would applaud louder, then they'd project a slide of the flag, and the crowd would go wild, and at the height of the frenzy Allen would walk onstage with his juggling gear saying "Thank you, thank you . . ."
I remember seeing Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as the mystery guest on one of those reruns -- Allen wasn't there that night, but I thought to myself that had he been, he would have guessed Roch right off the bat.
He was on an episode of "What's My Line" where Dennis Day was the mystery guest, but as I recall the name of Mr. Benny did not come up. On the other hand when LA Police Chief Parker appeared there was a mention of Jack Benny.
In one of the Jack Webb threads someone mentioned Archive.org, which prompted me to search them for some Fred Allen, and I found this page with tons of downloadable mp3s. Enjoy!
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