A recent Lawrence Welk show began, “And now you will hear Lawrence Welk and his shampoo music.”
Not too long ago Mel Allen began his program with: “It’s Smipe Poking Time, Gentlemen.”
Ralph Edwards: “And here is one of radio’s most charming and lovely young sinners.”
And whether it was intentional or not, it sounded very funny over WMIL recently when the announcer said: “Here’s the weather report: Tomorrow rowdy, followed by clain.”
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This little snippet of an article, (the rest of which dealt with miscellaneous topics) brought to mind all of the hilarious “fluffs” or bloopers from the Jack Benny Show, so I thought I’d share. All of the shows below are full episodes, but for those who just want to hear the fluff/blooper, I’ve included the time of the “fluff” underneath each link.
While compiling all of these episodes, I ran across an interesting bit of trivia on jackbenny.org. A page on the site is entitled, “The Longest Laugh,” and includes times for most of Jack Benny’s biggest laughs on radio. Most people think that the “Your Money or Your Life” (March 28, 1948) episode contained the longest laugh, when in fact, there are “laugh durations” that lasted 5, 6 and 7 times longer than the laughter in that particular episode. The longest laugh is credited to the September 16, 1951 episode wherein Frank Nelson says he got his suspenders unfastened.
But this post isn’t about the longest laugh, it’s about Jack Benny Show bloopers, so here are some of the best!
12-13-1936 – Buck Benny Rides Again
(27:54) “New Jelly Series” fluff, made by Andy Devine
03-24-1946 – “I Stand Condemned” – Guest: Peter Lorre
(07:00) Mary fluffs “Your darn one last near made it”
10-27-1946 – Jack & Mary go to the drug store to eat
(01:23) Mary’s “Chiss Sweeze Sandwich” flub
01-08-1950 – Drew Pearson / Drear Poosen
(00:23) Don’s “Drear Poosen” blooper*
03-26-1950 – From Palm Springs
(03:32) Mary’s blooper about Jack’s sun suit
05-04-1950 or 05-07-1950 – Jack buys a new suit for his publicity tour
(05:25) Mary’s blunder: “If a pigeon answer, hangs up”
12-03-1950 – How Jack Found Rochester
(28:05) Mary’s “grass reek” fluff
12-10-1950 – “Murder at the Racquet Club”
In this episode, Jack gives Mary a hard time for the previous week’s blunder. Much of the episode ties into the “grass reek” fluff, so it’s well worth listening to the entire show.
*An interesting note from jackbenny.org:
Frank Nelson maintained that the longest laugh was actually on the January 8, 1950 show. Early in the show, Don does a spoonerism on the name of Drew Pearson to produce “Drear Pooson”. Frank was summoned to the tech booth where the writers sat. They knew that in the second half of the show, Jack was to ask Frank if he was the doorman, and Frank’s response was, “Well, who do you think I am in this uniform? Nelson Eddy?” (Eddy was well-known for playing a Canadian Mountie.) Jack hadn’t liked the line in rehearsal, but it had been maintained into the air script. The writers told Frank to substitute “Drear Pooson” for “Nelson Eddy”. Frank was reluctant, as the cast stuck very much to the script on the Benny program. Finally he was persuaded.
At the feed line (“Are you the doorman?”), Frank recalled that a dull look came into Jack’s eyes. When he gave his edited reply, Jack was taken completely by surprise and literally fell on the stage laughing. He struggled to pull himself up on the curtain at the side of the stage, as the audience howled. Finally, Jack regained his composure and went on with the skit.