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Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy
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Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

Abstract

Jack Benny became one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century - by being the top radio comedian, when the comics ruled radio, and radio was the most powerful and pervasive mass medium in the US. In 23 years of weekly radio broadcasts, by aiming all the insults at himself, Benny created Jack, the self-deprecating “Fall Guy” character. He indelibly shaped American humor as a space to enjoy the equal opportunities of easy camaraderie with his cast mates, and equal ego deflation. Benny was the master of comic timing, knowing just when to use silence to create suspense or to have ... More

Keywords: Jack Benny, Radio history, Comedy, Broadcasting, NBC network (or National Broadcasting Company), CBS network (or Columbia Broadcasting System), Television history, Advertising, Situation Comedy, Old Time Radio (OTR), Masculinity, Gender Studies, African American actors, Eddie Anderson, Commercials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295049
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295049.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley, author
University of Texas at Austin