December 25, 2009

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(Jack Benny - along with Bing Crosby, American Institutions)

My guess is, you're probably looking for some relief from the family traditions right about now. Christmas is something of a minefield with a lot of people and no doubt you're looking for some escape.

In keeping with the concept of Guilty Pleasures, I thought I would post a Jack Benny radio program from Christmas 1953. As a rule, I'm not a fan of "old time radio" - I'm really not. But there are two radio comedians I am a complete fan of; Jack Benny and Fred Allen. Maybe for New Years I'll dig up a Fred Allen show, if you've never heard him before.

I am assuming most people reading this blog will know who Jack Benny is. If not, I've directed you to the Wikipedia page above so you can get some background. Also be aware that Benny, around this time was doing a completely different radio show than he was TV - so if you wonder why there is no video, there isn't any - it was radio only.

In any case, here is a Christmas show, typical of the Benny style of humor. It's also complete and a CBS Radio master, which means it has the original Lucky Strike Cigarette commercials intact. So, those of you in high-voltage anti-cigarette mode may want to skip this one - or at least you can fast forward if they offend you. Fair enough?

Enjoy.

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