Fall Comedy Reads: ‘Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. In 1937, while visiting Los Angeles, British journalist Austin J. Putnam described the “Seven Wonders of Hollywood.” His list included re... [Read More]
The Johnny Carson Comeback Special That Never Was
by Ramsey Ess On Mark Malkoff’s wonderful Carson Podcast, several guests have been asked about why they believe that when Johnny said goodbye on May 22, 1992 he never returned to television in any substantial form. Several of them say that Johnny cited Bob Hope as the inspiration behind his de... [Read More]
Bill Cosby on being a grandfather, on Late Show with David Letterman
Bill Cosby sat down for another stand-up set on Monday night's Late Show with David Letterman, then sat down with Letterman for a delightful panel chat. This time around, Cos wanted us to know what it's like for him as a grandfather, thinking that a pinata at a 5-year-old's birthday party would stil... [Read More]
Classic American Comedy Epic- It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Very rarely do you hear a comedy film described as an “epic.” For Stanley Kramer’s 1963 film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” that really is the perfect word. This movie is epic in its length, running at 2 hours and 40 minutes, epic in its cast and epic in the e... [Read More]
Finding Long Lost Jack Benny Episodes
by Ramsey Ess The last time on From the Archives that we checked in on Jack Benny, it was towards the end of his career, in 1973. While he was getting on in years, his oft-complimented timing was still just as sharp as it always was, and he still put on a good show. However, judging any comedian's p... [Read More]
Dick Cavett: Comedy Pain and Comedy Pleasure | NY Times
Let me take you back to the Ed Sullivan days and start with that which was part of the life of a New York-based scuffling comedy writer of the time: the phenomenon of the B-level comedian. Not the beginner or the guy who entertains at picnics and church socials, but a professional comedian who is sort of in the Big Time without being of it. He works reasonably steadily in nightclubs and the Borscht circuit, has had a few TV “shots” and a modest house in Queens or Brooklyn. He is, as the sayin... [Read More]
RIP Eddie Carroll, writer, voice actor, Jack Benny impersonator | news from me
Eddie Carroll, passed away early this morning at the age of 77. Eddie was best known for his one-man show in which he impersonated (and did justice to) Jack Benny but that was only a small part of what he did. He was a writer — he and his partner Jamie Farr supplemented their acting careers writing cartoons for Hanna-Barbera, for instance. He was a cartoon voice actor, most notably speaking for Jiminy Cricket for the last few decades. He also did non-Benny acting, including appearances on the sh... [Read More]