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The Jack Benny Program 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Series (1950–1965)
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The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jack Benny ...  Jack Benny / ... 256 episodes, 1950-1965
Don Wilson ...  Don Wilson / ... 240 episodes, 1950-1965
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ...  Rochester Van Jones / ... 178 episodes, 1950-1965
Dennis Day ...  Dennis Day / ... 143 episodes, 1950-1965
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Jack Benny was a regular on his own radio program since 1932. He brought the program, with his underplayed humor, to television along with his radio regulars. Jack, who remained thirty-nine-years-old, kept his money in his basement and drove his old Maxwell car just as he had done on the radio. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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USA

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English

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28 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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The Jack Benny Show See more »

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Mono
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Several episodes were adaptations of plots used on his radio show. Examples of this are season eight, episode seven, "Christmas Shopping Show", and season eight, episode eleven, "Jack At The Races". See more »

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Don Wilson: Rochester, you sing, don't you?
Rochester: Anything but Soprano.
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Referenced in Have Faith: Bingo (1989) See more »

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Love In Bloom
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by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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29 June 2009 | by pkarnoldSee all my reviews

Jack Benny is my most missed comic from the 60s. Yes, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were hilarious and well worth watching. I enjoyed Dean Martin and George Gobel. But of all the comedians of early television, Jack Benny's timing was unbelievable. I don't think any modern comedian can match his subtlety or his timing.

And while Jack Benny could deadpan a gag, usually he was on the receiving end of it, a few shows could give you insight into how much he enjoyed comedy, his show, and perhaps comedy in general.

I saw a you-tube film of him on the Carson show, with Mel Blanc and the "Si gag." And the very thought of Mel Blanc doing an English Horse whinny, or "Si" just cracked him up.

I also saw a video of Foster Brooks roasting Jack Benny, and Benny couldn't help but laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. And if you see the show where Groucho Marx is doing a "Say the Magic Word" skit or was it really on the Who Do You Trust set, it is just hilarious to see what lengths Benny would go to to win that $100 prize.

Another insight was from What's My Line, the game show where the celebrity panel was blindfolded and Benny signed in as Heifitz. He couldn't help but play a gag or two on the host and the panel, admittedly while answering in a falsetto "uh, huh" or "uh, uh." The crowd roared when he entered on the show, and roared at every single comedy gag he came up with.

So while I lament that the Jack Benny show is no longer on the Comedy Channel, any time you can get a hold of an episode of the Jack Benny Show, please do so because this man was truly a master at work. And the main reason was because the guy was genuinely funny, understood comedy, and was as happy to be the butt of a joke as to deliver a punchline.


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