Bit of Jack Benny for your new year's delectation

December 31, 2018, 10:51 AM ·

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December 31, 2018, 10:55 AM ·
Edited: December 31, 2018, 4:04 PM · I don't think I'll ever be able to face Kreutzer 2 again! Well, not until next year anyway :)
Thank you, Andrew, and a Happy New Year!
December 31, 2018, 5:53 PM · Thanks for sharing this Jack Benny video as it is so funny. Although I have seen this show in the past I didn't remember seeing Jack play seriously for once. Mel Blanc did most of the Loony Tune characters and Barney Rubble and Dino. I am pretty sure he did Woody Woodpecker for a while in the beginning.Mel Blanc was also supposed to be a very good violinist but I have never heard any recordings of him.

I would much rather watch these old shows with good natured humor instead of the sitcoms that are promoted to us now. I have never had a tv set because when I was first starting out I couldn't afford one and now people offer to give me their old sets but i am not interested. About 10 years ago I was watching some new show at my parents apartment with Betty White starring in it and she was calling these other younger women bitches and sluts also touching upon other topics which I considered vulgar and quite offputting.There was a lot of other shows I found disgusting and revolting and none that I thought worthy of my attention.

January 1, 2019, 2:34 PM · Don't forget the famous Bach Double with Jack Benny and Isaac Stern:

Happy New Year

January 1, 2019, 3:33 PM · Remember the classic Heifetz master class in which he was making fun of not-so-great violinists?

January 1, 2019, 3:57 PM · Jeff, by your mention of Mel Blanc, are you referring to the fellow that came in stage to take the violins away? It does sound like Jack called him "Mel", but it was "Mil" for Milton Berle.

Interesting, though, that Blanc may have played. Never heard that, but I'll dig around and see if something pops up.

January 1, 2019, 5:52 PM · I believe that was indeed Mel Blanc, who was in many Jack Benny bits, including his supposed violin teacher, and who was also the voice of Bugs Bunny and other famous cartoon characters.
Edited: January 2, 2019, 7:54 AM · Oh, I see what you meant. Mel is in the first video, Milton in the second, which is the one I was talking about.

Good stuff, regardless.

Edited: January 2, 2019, 8:19 AM · The second video interested me because recently I'd read a book on Stradivarius which many times raised the question of his varnish.
January 2, 2019, 3:14 PM · Thanks for the “el cheapo” vs. Stradivarius comparison. You could see the punch line — he sounds awful — coming a mile away. Actually, the anticipation of his making a Strad sound lousy is why it’s funny. : - )
January 2, 2019, 3:42 PM · I don't think that was his Stradivari, either????

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