IJBFC Chat - September 7, 2008

(Name of message originator in [] brackets at the beginning of each line)

[Maxwell] Hey Laura!

[Laura Leff] Hi folks!

[Brad from Georgia] Hiya, LL!

[ed kienzler] hey everyone on their best behavior

[Laura Leff] Hey, look at the good crowd of regulars!

[Maxwell] ed: Impossible.

[ed kienzler] true

[Brad from Georgia] Got my JBT this week, LL.

[yhtapmys] Max, Sam Goldwyn says that's two words.

[Laura Leff] So how's everyone doing tonight?

[ed kienzler] fine...

[Dennis DeMarco] fine

[Maxwell] Excellent.

[Brad from Georgia] Doing ok, not bad, you know...so-so. Fair. Rotten, I guess...

[yhtapmys] Busy.

[Laura Leff] Brad - That was a fast transition...

[ed kienzler] SOLD!!!

[Laura Leff] Yht - I hear that...

[Brad from Georgia] I was thinking about school tomorrow. I've got an overload.

[Laura Leff] Did the folks who are subscribers to the Times get their issue?

[Maxwell] Brad, well go on a diet!

[Brad from Georgia] Yup! Great article on Jack's tomb

[yhtapmys] Laura, I've got a question for you.

[Maxwell] I got mine!

[Dennis DeMarco] yeppers. good job

[Laura Leff] Brad - Har har

[Brad from Georgia] Well, I was born modest...but it wore off.

[Brad from Georgia] I did like the cover!

[Laura Leff] OK, good. It's been really quiet after it, and I wanted to make sure they all got to their destinations.

[Dennis DeMarco] i'll be out in la in 3 weeks to visit jacks tomb

[Laura Leff] Yht- Go for it

[Maxwell] I liked the whole issue. One of these days I'll actually read it!

[Laura Leff] Brad - Yeah, isn't that a cool shot?

[Brad from Georgia] Very nice, LL.

[ed kienzler] is jack buried there or is grant?

[yhtapmys] On another forum, we were talking about TV stations in the early 30s.

[yhtapmys] And it was revealed that a number of the early stations simply simulcasted radio shows.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Ah yes, all the experimental stuff

[yhtapmys] Do you know if any station did that with Jack's show?

[Laura Leff] Yht - Just simulcasted the audio alone? No picture?

[yhtapmys] Yes. Audio alone.

[yhtapmys] That's what these stations did.

[Maxwell] yht, there's some film of what is supposedly the first TV program in Chicago on that Samuels site, too...but no audio.

[Laura Leff] Do you know if they were affiliated with any network?

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Felix the Cat on a turntable?

[yhtapmys] Well, two of the stations were Columbia.

[yhtapmys] I didn't see about another NY station they were talking about.

[Brad from Georgia] I started in radio so early that we couldn't even broadcast voices. Just Morse code. I was in a comedy team, Ditz and Daws.

[ed kienzler] i beleive this the day that a 21 years old in 1926? was first to demonstrate a form of TV

[Laura Leff] I'm just thinking that it would likely be a violation of broadcast rights to just route an audio feed to another station

[yhtapmys] Did they worry about that in 1933?

[Laura Leff] Brad - Thank you, Nathan Stubblefield.

[Maxwell] LL I would imagine local broadcasts with affiliated stations...but that's just a guess.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Maybe, maybe not...since there weren't a lot of receivers back then

[Brad from Georgia] We would've made it big, but on our first anniversary show, the string broke. Just use and a silent tin can....

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Yeah, that's what I think too.

[Brad from Georgia] Just us, I mean. Cain't spell no more. Arthuritis, you know.

[Laura Leff] Well, let's really think about what would be involved with this.

[yhtapmys] Apparently, the simulcasting didn't last long because the stations weren't on the air long.

[Maxwell] I remember Arthuritis Talent Scouts.

[yhtapmys] KHJ had a TV station.

[ed kienzler] juust like Dumont

[yhtapmys] I can't remember which radio outlets in NYC had them off the top of my head.

[Laura Leff] If you pick up the signal via a radio receiver and patch it into a board, then you can broadcast it...much like satellite transmissions today.

[Laura Leff] But then the Jell-O theme in those days was sung very slowly because people couldn't always get good audio signal.

[yhtapmys] I was just surprised that they weren't broadcasting actual picture programming; they were simply running radio shows on TV.

[Brad from Georgia] When my kids were small, we had an Oldsmobile station wagon whose radio, tuned to the extreme left, picked up TV signals. We used to "listen" to Saturday morning cartoons in the car!

[Laura Leff] So I'd think that would provide you with crappy over-the-air audio that then gets retransmitted into crappy over-the-air television.

[Dennis DeMarco] brad, we can do that here in pa

[yhtapmys] Yeah, Brad, channel 6 is on the FM band.

[Maxwell] I had an FM radio when I was a teenager where I'd pick up TV audio at either end.

[Dennis DeMarco] local channel 6

[Brad from Georgia] It isn't the same when you can't SEE Daffy's beak spin around his head.

[ed kienzler] same here

[Laura Leff] So mostly likely you'd want an audio feed directly from a radio station, so you'd have to have some sort of affiliation with it.

[Laura Leff] Isn't something like 88.3 overlapping with TV?

[Maxwell] LL Unless you just made some kind of a deal with them.

[Laura Leff] Is that going to go away with digital TV?

[Dennis DeMarco] ll: yep

[Brad from Georgia] 88.3 is NPR here.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell: True...but again, that's a sort of affiliation.

[Brad from Georgia] GPB, to be precise.

[Laura Leff] Maybe 88.1

[Dennis DeMarco] that will go away with the dfigital transition

[yhtapmys] Laura, I'm sure they're networked stations and not independents. I'm just curious if you had heard anything about Benny being simulcast in the earliest days of TV.

[Maxwell] LL On my set it was above 88.0 on the dial.

[Laura Leff] Yht - It's not ringing any bells, although there were plenty of TV jokes over the years, even in the 30s

[Dennis DeMarco] mine is 88.1

[ed kienzler] 88.3 is WQNA here in springfield a station i have broadcasted on

[yhtapmys] It piqued my curiosity after that discussion about Benny's colour TV broadcast.

[Laura Leff] Yht- Yes, that's a good point. I may have something in some of my old radio guides about it, but haven't read them in years.

[Brad from Georgia] I recall a throwaway TV joke early in Dennis Day's tenure...his mom appeared, and Jack said something like, "Folks, be glad this isn't television!"

[Laura Leff] So bottom line, no, I'm not aware of it. But that's not to say it didn't happen.

[Laura Leff] Like Jack being on the radio before May 1932.

[Dennis DeMarco] i have a face made for radio

[Dennis DeMarco] hehe

[Laura Leff] Dennis - You and Fred Allen.   

[Maxwell] And I'll go out on a limb and say that I'm betting no network radio broadcasts were simulcast only on local stations.

[Brad from Georgia] And Garrison Keillor.

[ed kienzler] that's what bogart said Dennis


(Some loss)


[Laura Leff] I talked with Eddie Carroll about that once...that the facts don't bear everything out...

[Laura Leff] And the bottom line is that they're entertainers, and I'm a historian. The facts aren't always the most entertaining spin.

[Maxwell] Brad, maybe they were superimposing that with Nelson and Dreer Pooson in their memories.

[yhtapmys] Well, they're CLOSE Brad.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Yeah, that's not right.

[Brad from Georgia] "When the facts contradict the legend, print the legend."

[Dennis DeMarco] groucho often did the same LL

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Yeah, agreed.

[yhtapmys] It was at the end. The skunk was.. wasn't that the next Palm Springs episode?

[Laura Leff] Even Jack does it in his autobiography.

[Brad from Georgia] Yes, the police chief was an episode or so down the line.

[Laura Leff] Yht - IIRC, yes.

[Maxwell] So the story was in the right order, but the timing was wrong.

[Brad from Georgia] I recently heard the "grass reek" flub, and it wasn't really much--almost at the very end, and the show was cut short for time.

[yhtapmys] Well, I've been in radio 33 years. Ask me what happened 30 years ago and I may get things muddled, too.

[Laura Leff] Sort of like Frank saying Jack laughed for minutes, but it wasn't at all. Same with the "Your money or your life" line.

[Maxwell] The "your money or your life" wasn't all that long for what the legend made it out to be...just a good laugh.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Right...they couldn't recover their composure, so there's this overlayed line from Jack clearly recorded later.

[Dennis DeMarco] writer's panel spoke of that line's origin LL

[Maxwell] And I've heard Jack call that the biggest laugh on the show.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Larry Adler has a fantastic disclaimer in his book about that sort of thing too.

[Dennis DeMarco] wasn't the "biggest" laugh when the opera singer was on?

[yhtapmys] I didn't know he wrote a book, Laura.

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Did they credit John Tackaberry?

[Dennis DeMarco] when mary amkes her joke?

[Maxwell] Yeah, they played that near the end of the tape.

[yhtapmys] I imagine it's not dedicated to Joe McCarthy.

[Maxwell] LL, Yes.

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: yes

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Not really. That's the one Jack claims was, but I've disproved it.

[Dennis DeMarco] Dorothy Kierston (sp?)

[Maxwell] They played the one with Mary on the tape, too.

[Brad from Georgia] Dennis--that's Dorothy Kirsten. Good laugh, but not the longest.

[Maxwell] Dorothy Kirsten.

[Laura Leff] Dennis - After the chat, go to Biography - Other Stuff - and look for Longest Laugh

[Dennis DeMarco] will do LL

[Laura Leff] I was very anal retentive about this when I was putting together 39 Forever, looking for the long laughs.

[Maxwell] Hmmm...making us work for our answers, eh?

[Dennis DeMarco] mary had great timing on that line

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - No, just TMI to type into a chat room...  

[Brad from Georgia] Rochester's "I'll get the boss, Jack--jack, Boss" flub got a pretty good studio reaction.

Maxwell pictures Laura with a stopwatch.

[yhtapmys] I hope all the episodes were playing on-speed.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Seriously...I was using the timer on my computer clock.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Well, I always noted if a recording was off-speed.

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: now that's a fan  

[yhtapmys] Yeah, Laura, I listen to the actors' pitch. That's the trouble with reel-to-reel dubs.

[Laura Leff] Well, it's something that's been so debated over the years that it was worth finding the "ultimate answer" on it.

[Maxwell] No, a fan is that thing that goes round and round to move air.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Cassette too sometimes...

[Laura Leff] That's like the woman who came up to Groucho and said, "I'm your biggest fan"

[Laura Leff] and Groucho replied, "If it gets any hotter out here, I'll need a big fan!"

[yhtapmys] We had an old reel machine in the 50s. The take-up reel would slow down once too much tape got on it.

[Laura Leff] Yht - I've still got a reel machine. And it's real.

[ed kienzler] I am a huge tape fan

[yhtapmys] 50s? Grr. Should read 60s.

[Dennis DeMarco] I still have an Akai RtR from 1983

[Maxwell] Now THAT's Reel Audio.

[ed kienzler] casstte

[Laura Leff] Ed likes really big reels.

[Dennis DeMarco] works great

[ed kienzler] opps

[Brad from Georgia] I bought an old reel-to-reel Wollensak for twenty bucks when I was a college student. Finally gave it away.

[yhtapmys] Cassettes suck. Too much hiss.

[Maxwell] Ed Sullivan likes really big shoes.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Aha...I wonder if I still have my Wollensak...

[Dennis DeMarco] mine has glass heads which are supposed to last longer

[Dennis DeMarco] dunno if true

[ed kienzler] hiss only if the recording is not the original

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Cool...when did they do that? I don't think I've seen anything other than metal.

[Maxwell] That's where Dolby got his start.

[ed kienzler] right

[Dennis DeMarco] Well, I bought mine in 83 or 84

[ed kienzler] i still have about 1300 otr tapes

[Dennis DeMarco] for $500 back then

[Laura Leff] Dennis - do you clean them with alcohol or the same fluid as metal?

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: yes

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Dang

[Dennis DeMarco] alcohol

[Laura Leff] Is there a difference in the pinch roller?

[Maxwell] $500 was a lot of money back then.

[Dennis DeMarco] and the pinch roller

[Dennis DeMarco] nope, same

[Brad from Georgia] Max, five hundred simoleons is a lot of money NOW around here.

[Maxwell] Same here.

[Laura Leff] I traded a copy of the audio library for my reel machine.

[Dennis DeMarco] i have about 100 hrs of OTR still on reel

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: what make?

[Laura Leff] I have tapes of me when I was 3 weeks - 3 years old on reel.

[Laura Leff] Got to transfer it some time.

[Maxwell] Tape does eventually die.

[Laura Leff] Dennis - I'm embarassed to say I can't remember because I haven't played with it in a while...an AKAI I think

[yhtapmys] Dennis, I have one reel. It's Dennis Day show I recorded off a transcription in the station library years ago.

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: do you still have tapes when you spoke to Phil, etc.?

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Sure do.

[ed kienzler] ive collected tapes since 1984 some prerecorded spme not

[ed kienzler] "some"

[Dennis DeMarco] LL: have you thought of putting them in the library?

[Laura Leff] Dennis - Technically they're in the library, but here's why they're not in circulation.

[Laura Leff] It's just too easy to transfer them to MP3 and then they go everywhere instantly. I don't want anyone selling copies of my interviews and essentially violating my own copyright.

[Laura Leff] And I don't want to invest in lawyer support to defend it.

[Dennis DeMarco] great point, LL

[ed kienzler] true

[Laura Leff] I figure that I publish direct transcriptions that leave out very little of the interview, so all the information is out there.

[Dennis DeMarco] yeppers

[Laura Leff] So I'm not really hoarding anything.

[Laura Leff] But thanks for asking.

[Maxwell] Sounds like a logical argument to me.

[Laura Leff] So what else did I miss in the panels?

[Dennis DeMarco] well, it's a little late folks so goodnight!

[Dennis DeMarco] take care everyone

[Brad from Georgia] I think I just recalled the actual longest laugh on the radio show. Shows how slowly I think.

[Maxwell] Good night Dennis.

[ed kienzler] bye DD

[Laura Leff] Have a good one, Dennis!

[Brad from Georgia] Andy Devine's "Jelly" flub, right?

[Dennis DeMarco] bye y'all

User Dennis DeMarco has logged out.

[yhtapmys] Hmm. We just started, too.

[Laura Leff] Brad - It's sort of between that one and a strange one that I don't know why it's so long.

[Maxwell] I'm betting it's not Si-Sy.

[Laura Leff] Where Frank Nelson says that he got his suspenders hooked onto Jack's pants, or something.

[Laura Leff] He's earlier in the show and then suddenly appears later, and Jack says something like, "Are you still here?" and that's the explanation.

[Maxwell] Hmmm...I'm not going to touch that line.

[Laura Leff] Yeah, there's something going on that keeps people laughing...the line just doesn't merit it.

[Laura Leff] I think Jack must have been cracking up.

[Laura Leff] Betcha money George Balzer wrote it.

[Brad from Georgia] The Devine one is a bit strange--he's signing off and says something like "This is the last number of the xxth show in the Jelly series...." Must have been some mugging and on-stage breaking up to encourage a really, really long audience laugh.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Exactly...I think you can even hear Jack losing it.

[Maxwell] Well, screwing up the sponsors name and all....

[Laura Leff] Let me check the listing to see what single gag sans other break up caused the biggest reaction

[Laura Leff] BRB

[Maxwell] And Jelly does sound so Andy Devine.

[ed kienzler] he even breaks up in the 1959 tv christmas show with mel blanc

[ed kienzler] on tv

[Maxwell] On FILM!

[ed kienzler] well YEA!!

[ed kienzler] i know TV yuck

[Maxwell] I like old TV. I grew up with old TV when it was new TV.

[Laura Leff] BTW...the longest single gag laugh was Benita Colman's "Please, Ronnie, I'm eating."

[Maxwell] OH, yeah!

[ed kienzler] benita and ronnie great cronies for jack

[Maxwell] Or maybe I was thinking of Vaughn DeLeith.

[ed kienzler] vaughn deleith from nearby Mt. pulaski Illinois

[Laura Leff] So what other thoughts/questions/etc. Benny-wise?

[Laura Leff] Have an "adults only" section of the Web page...

[Laura Leff] That would be so counter to Jack's comedy...  

[Brad from Georgia] Except in his Vegas routine.

[Maxwell] Definitely. More like Lenny Bruce.

[Laura Leff] Yeah, let's actually go with that...how many people know about Jack's Vegas routines?

[Maxwell] I've heard a little, but not much.

[Laura Leff] And some of the gags he'd do there?

[ed kienzler] laura do you hear from kids who have heard jack for the first time?

[Laura Leff] Like the one about his circumcision?

[Brad from Georgia] He used to come out with a glass of booze in his hand and sing "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."

[Maxwell] Never heard that one.

[Laura Leff] Ed - Sometimes...usually I hear from them when they hit teens.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Yeah, that's right.

[Laura Leff] :P

[yhtapmys] With the Golddiggers.

[Brad from Georgia] Then one night a kid from Steubenville saw him...and stole th act.

[ed kienzler] how do they like the show?

[Maxwell] ZEJackBennyKid was a regular on the message board for a while.

[Laura Leff] So the bit was, "I was born in Waukegan a long time ago.

[Maxwell] He was in high school.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Yes, I haven't heard from him in a while.

[Maxwell] I was just about to mention that.


[Laura Leff] A LONG time ago.

[Brad from Georgia] In a Waukegan far, far away...

[Laura Leff] The mohel (man who does circumcisions) was an Indian.

[Laura Leff] I'd like to meet him again today.

[Laura Leff] So would Mary.

[ed kienzler] waukegan is like 39 a great combo

[Laura Leff] Alsos has the comedic "k" sound in it.

[ed kienzler] they worked together

[Laura Leff] And there's a much longer story about Jack going home with a woman

[Laura Leff] which is too long to recount properly here.

[Brad from Georgia] "Pickle, that's funny. Bread, not funny. No k. Cucumber, that's twice as funny as pickle..."

[Laura Leff] But how does one reconcile the "clean" Jack of radio/TV with the bluer stuff from Vegas?

[Laura Leff] Brad - Cucamonga

[Maxwell] Different jokes for a different venue.


(A good bit of loss)


[Maxwell] I said that the first time I saw him on Dr. Who.

[Laura Leff] Ed - Cool...didn't know there was such a network.

[Laura Leff] We only get C-Span 1 and 2.

[ed kienzler] channel 441 on our comcast cable net

[Brad from Georgia] LL--What a great idea for a Doctor Who ep: the Doctor meets Jack. Then he goes back in time 39 years old and meets Jack. Then he goes back ANOTHER 39 years, and there's Jack....

[Maxwell] They moved C-SPAN 2 up to the 100s on our cable right next to C-SPAN3.

[Laura Leff] Just to go totally off-Benny for a moment...we just saw the ACGAS episode with Patrick Troughton

[Laura Leff] who's almost unrecognizable under a huge mop of hair and beard

[Laura Leff] And Davison has several lines about how he should "follow his example" or "follow in his footsteps" (his = Troughton's character)

[Maxwell] Unlike the Faulty Towers episode with Geoffery Palmer where he didn't look much different than he did 20 years later.

[Laura Leff] Which have no trace of irony because it was before he took over the Doctor Who role.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Like the bit in the 20th Anniversary show where all Jack's supporting cast are old and withered, and Jack comes out looking exactly as he does today.

[Maxwell] Right.

[Maxwell] Fawlty Towers.

[Maxwell] I'm having trouble spelling tonight.

[Maxwell] Vonn, Fawlty...

[Laura Leff] Or mispelling, as the case may be

[Laura Leff] So anyhow, back to Jack...

[ed kienzler] join the crowd max

[Maxwell] Vaugh DeLeith.

[Maxwell] Vaughn

[Maxwell] grrr....

[Laura Leff] Is there anything else I missed on the panels?

[Laura Leff] I Vonder as I Vaugh-der

[Laura Leff] Vaughn-der

[Laura Leff] now I've got it too.

[Maxwell] I think we've covered most of the panels.

[Brad from Georgia] I once sang the "Addams Family" theme whilst Peter Davison played the guitar.

[ed kienzler] vonn vonn the piper's sonn

[Laura Leff] Brad - So he really does play!

[Laura Leff] Brad - They just had him playing the guitar on an episode, and I said that if he wasn't actually playing, he was doing a very good job of mimicking it.

[Brad from Georgia] Yes--he really enjoyed playing for a group at an Atlanta Fantasy Fair. He volunteered to play the theme if someone sang.

[Laura Leff] I'll play the doctor who theme if someone sings along...

[Maxwell] Neat...

[Brad from Georgia] We also did the Lumberjack Song from "Monty Python."

[Maxwell] Sweet....

[Maxwell] Petite....

[Laura Leff] Ooo-ooo-oooooooooo Ooo-ooo-ooooooo

[ed kienzler] petite

[Laura Leff] Da-da-dahhhh da-da-da

[ed kienzler] hey you beat me

[Brad from Georgia] My friend Greg Nicoll sang the blue lyrics to the "Addams Family" theme right after me.

[Maxwell] <---Quick on the trigger. Or is that quick on Trigger.

[ed kienzler] next year is the 80th anniversary of amos and andy....

[ed kienzler] on net radio

[Laura Leff] I thought they were on in 1927

[Laura Leff] Oh, those were chainless chain days.

[Brad from Georgia] The Addams family started / When Uncle Fester farted, / They all came out retarded, / The Addams fam-i-lee!

[Maxwell] There's a good page on them on that Samuels web site, too, since they were from Chicago.

[ed kienzler] well it said this in a this day in history in the chicago trib

[Maxwell] Definitely not PC.

[Maxwell] Maybe '27 was Sam and Henry.

[ed kienzler] right max

[Laura Leff] I'd have to pull Elizabeth's book to remember when they changed from S&H to A&A

[Maxwell] Tribune owned the names so when they moved to 'MAQ....the rest is history.

[Laura Leff] Yup.

[ed kienzler] they were still on when i was born in may of '60

[Maxwell] I'm look A&A up now.

[Brad from Georgia] Oh, next week for school I'm going to do a brief interview with Eddie Carroll about voice-over acting. I'm sitting in on a History of Animation class and the teacher's using me as a resource.

[yhtapmys] Brad, you see Bill Melendez died?

[Maxwell] Shoot, all I can find right now on Samuels' site is the network debut.

[ed kienzler] the king of voice over don lafontaine died this week

[Brad from Georgia] Yes, I did! Very sad. The voice of Snoopy.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Look for a page on Midcoast.net...that should be Elizabeth's pages.

[Brad from Georgia] The animation class is now on Disney. Next Tuesday...we see "Snow White."

[Laura Leff] Rotoscoping awaits

[Brad from Georgia] Then on Thursday, "Pinocchio."

[Maxwell] Here it is: "Early in 1928, Gosden and Correll pressed WGN to allow them to record the increasingly popular Sam 'n' Henry show..."

[Laura Leff] Speaking of Eddie Carroll

[Maxwell] WGN wouldn't let them, so they moved to WMAQ.

[yhtapmys] What's Eddie doing?

[Laura Leff] Yht - Haven't heard from them in a bit, but I'm sure the same stuff with Jiminy Cricket and the Benny stage shows.

[Brad from Georgia] He just got back home from an engagement in ... Pennsylvania, I think. He's currently recording some Jiminy Cricket lines for a new "Kingdom Hearts" game.

[Laura Leff] I probably need to update his page and take off old dates.

[yhtapmys] Oh, good for him.

[Maxwell] My source for the A'n'A material: http://www.richsamuels.com/nbcmm/amosandy.html

[Brad from Georgia] I'm going to have to be really careful in the phone interview. When I talk to Eddie, I almost always start taking on the cadence of Jack Benny's speaking voice. I can't help it!

[Maxwell] He may tell you, "Now cut that out!"

[Laura Leff] Brad - Same thing happens when one talks with Jackie Mason.

[yhtapmys] What? They sound like Jack Benny?

[Brad from Georgia] Really? That's meshuggenah!

[Laura Leff] That his cadences are infectious...

[yhtapmys] Brad is Eddie Carroll as Jack Benny.

[Laura Leff] So what else?

[yhtapmys] Tickets on sale now.

[Laura Leff] Or are we good for this month?

[Brad from Georgia] I've occasionally just fallen into Benny-speak ever since I was a teen. Once a friend of mine made some crack at the lunch table at school, and with my mouth full of milk I said, "Oh, cut that out."

[Brad from Georgia] He said, "That's the best impression of Jack Benny underwater I've ever heard."

[Laura Leff] At least it wasn't an impression of Jack doing a huge spit take

[ed kienzler] HMMM

[yhtapmys] *That* would be Jackie Mason.

[Laura Leff] Or Danny thomas

yhtapmys nods

[Laura Leff] So should we call it good for this month?

[Maxwell] I'm good.

[Brad from Georgia] Which brings us to Uncle Tonoose....the inevitable Hans Conried. And now we can go.

[yhtapmys] Yeah, not much else, I think.

[yhtapmys] What? Where's Kay?

[Laura Leff] Any requests for next month?

[Laura Leff] Yht - Off enjoying Boston fall weather, I guess...

[Brad from Georgia] A nice fall show...

[yhtapmys] How about something with Jack and George Burns?

[ed kienzler] anything halloween?

[Maxwell] Yeah, a Halloween show!

[Brad from Georgia] Yeah, a Halloween...aw, Max.

[Laura Leff] Ah...we did a trick-or-treating show last year..let me see what else I can find.

[Laura Leff] OK, very good. Thanks for stopping!

[Laura Leff] Talk with you next month!

[Brad from Georgia] Maybe a Halloweenish show--Boris Karloff or Peter Lorre guesting.

[Brad from Georgia] Bye!