A Benny for Your Thoughts
I figure that this is a good way to go out the year on.
I love Jack Benny. He may be my favorite comedian -- he most definitely is high on the list. (And he was my grandmother's favorite comedian. Even as a little kid, I used to get almost as much pleasure watching her enjoy him as I enjoyed him myself.)
I realized that I haven't posted enough Jack Benny material here. Like none. So, it was time that I rectify this massive oversight.
This is a classic Benny sketch from his TV show -- all the more fun because there's almost no dialogue in it, just a master of knowing where the humor is and giving the slightest expression. It's the "Violin Duet" he did with Gisele MacKenzie.
Gisele MacKenzie was a reasonably popular singer of that era, probably best known for appearing on the show, Your Hit Parade. It turns out, she was a pretty fair violinist. And it turns out, as well, that she has fine comic timing, too. Not bad when you're opposite the master...
So, here it is. Just two people doing nothing more than playing a simple tune on the violin. But what a warm pleasure.
NOTE: after posting this, and clicking on it to check, it turns out that -- although the video is still available -- you have to go directly to YouTube to watch it. You can get to it by clicking here.
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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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