We'll end our Fest with a longer, special treat.
This comes with thanks to Eric Boardman who brought it to my attention. Eric and I share a love for Jack Benny. He particularly loves the radio show -- and while I do, as well, I also enjoy watching the later TV version which airs two episodes ever Saturday night on the Antenna TV cable channel.
This is the "Jack Benny Thanksgiving Program" episode from his radio show on November 30, 1952.
As Eric wrote, "Yes, I know Thanksgiving is long over, but this particular program will bring joy to any season. Today's sitcom staffers should study the construction. And everybody else should howl with laughter---and marvel at the gags radio encourages. Benny's writers are constantly surprising us with "visual" images. And Mr. Benny generously shares the jokes with his crackerjack cast. (Thanks always to the Sportsman Quartet for making cigarette commercials satisfying.) "The Lucky Strike Program with Jack Benny" is high art, maybe the highest of the genre."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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