IJBFC Chat - July 12, 2015

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Laura Leff

4:57 PM

Hey folks

 

Brad from Georgia

4:57 PM

Hiya, Boss@

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

4:58 PM

Hi Laura!  LTNS!  I missed you and Brad!

 

Laura Leff

4:58 PM

Welcome back, Scott!

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

4:58 PM

Thank you, Laura!

 

Laura Leff

4:59 PM

And I see we have another Brad in the house!

 

Brad from Georgia

4:59 PM

Mr. Jolson!

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

4:59 PM

Brad from Georgia.  I hope your doctor isn't Dr. Nelson.

 

Laura Leff

4:59 PM

Nyyaaaahhhhh (someone had to say it)

 

Josef Silvia joined the room

 

Laura Leff

5:00 PM

Hi Josef!

 

Brad from Georgia

5:00 PM

"Doctor, will this hurt?" "YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!"

 

Josef Silvia

5:00 PM

Hi Laura!

 

Laura Leff

5:00 PM

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO will it?!?!

 

Brad from Georgia

5:00 PM

Hi, Josef!

 

Josef Silvia

5:00 PM

HI Brad!

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:00 PM

Hi Josef!  Man, the old group is present!  I missed you guys so much.

 

Josef Silvia

5:01 PM

Hey Steve, sure is. Missed everyone as well. We're all here.

 

Laura Leff

5:01 PM

Not quite all...had a few regulars reach out and tell me that they couldn't make it tonight.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:01 PM

Missed you, too, Scott. Any problems with this here now newfangled chat room?

 

Laura Leff

5:01 PM

Ha

 

Josef Silvia

5:01 PM

Somewhat

 

Laura Leff

5:01 PM

Do tell

 

Brad from Georgia

5:01 PM

Well, at least there's no Halloween moon....

 

Josef Silvia

5:01 PM

Yes, thank goodness.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:02 PM

I am not tech savvy, but this one was a piece of cake to enter.

 

Laura Leff

5:02 PM

*Laura rubs her foreheaad*

What issues are you having Josef?

 

Josef Silvia

5:02 PM

None.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:02 PM

It resisted me when I first tried a few months ago, but by sheer willpower I overcame it.

 

Laura Leff

5:02 PM

Oh got it...sorry, thought you were saying "somewhat" to having issues with the chat room.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:02 PM

Think I had to update something or other. I forget now.

 

Josef Silvia

5:03 PM

That I'm aware of. My computer hasn't spoken to me about it's issues yet :)

 

Laura Leff

5:03 PM

OK...so who listened to the show for tonight?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:03 PM

I did.

 

Josef Silvia

5:03 PM

I Did!

 

Laura Leff

5:03 PM

Josef - And its analyst can't tell you.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:03 PM

Not me, sorry.  But I will go with the flow.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:03 PM

Ya know, today it wouldn't be all that recherche to see a guy in a beauty salon.

 

Laura Leff

5:03 PM

OK, thoughts on the Burns and Allen show for tonight?

Heck I see guys in my nail salon regularly.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:03 PM

Well, I'm ashamed because I jumped the gun.

Barbara and I go to the same haridresser.

 

Laura Leff

5:04 PM

And I don't live in the Castro.

A lot of them are there with their wives.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:04 PM

LOLO Laura, a little SF humor there?

 

Laura Leff

5:04 PM

So is there a sense of what that would have meant back then?

Mike!!!! :)

 

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Laura Leff

5:04 PM

OK, *now* he has issues.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:05 PM

Jello, I must be going! Off to dialysis fun in minutes

 

Laura Leff

5:05 PM

Scott - Yep.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:05 PM

Fat thumb:  LOL.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:05 PM

Hi LL, all

 

Brad from Georgia

5:05 PM

Flash to the Simpsons: Fidel is telling his henchmen, "The Americanos aren't so bad. I theek they like me. They named a whole street in San Franceesco after me." (Aide whispers to him) "Eet's full of WHAT?"

 

Brad from Georgia

5:05 PM

Hi, Michael!

 

Laura Leff

5:05 PM

Brad - Har har

 

Michael Amowitz

5:05 PM

Congratulations, Brad, I see you have excitement coming too

 

Laura Leff

5:05 PM

OK, who can give Mike a good laugh in a few minutes?

What, are you trying to tickle him?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:06 PM

Oooh, do I. Back when I was 48 I had my first one without anaesthesia (I didn't know!). Even seeing myself on screen didn't do anything for me....

 

Laura Leff

5:06 PM

(See how hard it is when someone says "be funny?")

 

Phil Curry joined the room

 

Laura Leff

5:06 PM

Hi Phil!

 

Michael Amowitz

5:07 PM

I'm already set for the night...some guy named Frank is working my dialysis tonight

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:07 PM

It would be a nice touch if Cuba would have an embassy on Castro St.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:07 PM

Philsey!

 

Laura Leff

5:07 PM

Mike - Not Frank Nelson...?

 

Michael Amowitz

5:07 PM

Why Yeeees

 

Laura Leff

5:08 PM

You know what's ironic?  I've been wanting to go to Cuba for a while, see it before it gets ruined by American chains.  And just last night I found the tour I want to take.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:08 PM

Now just hold still...this won't hurt as bit

I didn't run the show as I didn't know I'd be here this late :p

 

Laura Leff

5:08 PM

Well done...I actually heard Frank's voice in my head saying that line...

 

Brad from Georgia

5:08 PM

Okay, all serious-like: Am I wrong, or was the quartet -- "Swantet" -- backing up Jimmy Cash's "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" really the Sportsmen?

Friend of mine went to Cuba last spring, LL. She loved it.

 

Laura Leff

5:09 PM

If it was, it didn't catch my ear as them.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:09 PM

I'd be willing to bet it was.

 

Laura Leff

5:09 PM

But in '43, it could have been

I'll have to listen to it again.

Mahlon was trying to get them as much work as possible.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:09 PM

When you go, Laura, say hi to Desi for us.

 

Laura Leff

5:10 PM

Anyone know who was the musical director for the B&A show?

Scott - Babaluuuuuuuuuu

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:10 PM

Laura, was it Meredith Wilson?

 

Laura Leff

5:10 PM

Scott - I don't know who it was, but that's a good guess...I think he did do that for them...

you may be right

 

Phil Curry

5:11 PM

Google it

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:11 PM

Was HE...sorry Brad.  I forget you teach English.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:11 PM

Did you know that Procter and Gamble, makers of Ivory Soap, sued Lever Brothers, maker of Swan Soap, for swiping their idea of a soap that floats?

Didn't work out for them. They lost the suit and had to pay damages.

 

Laura Leff

5:11 PM

Did anyone other than me think the repeated line of Jack saying, "Well, what a surprise..." was overdone?

 

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Brad from Georgia

5:11 PM

Yes, a problem when Jack was on other shows, even George and Gracie's.

 

Laura Leff

5:12 PM

Brad - I noticed the comment about the "soap that floats" and wondered about that!

 

Josef Silvia

5:12 PM

I did, Laura, way too over done.

 

Laura Leff

5:13 PM

What would Jack's writers have done with it, theoretically?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:13 PM

Swan Soap is no longer around--it was a gentle whipped soap (like Ivory) that floated. Gimmick was you could use it both for dishes and also for babies...I am not kidding here.

 

Laura Leff

5:13 PM

I have a vintage box of Super Suds that says, "Floods of suds for dishes and duds."

 

Michael Amowitz

5:13 PM

I miss Swan, but somehow overlooked the Swantettes when catching Burns and Allen in the past

 

Laura Leff

5:14 PM

Wal I Swan

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:14 PM

Ivory is 99 44/100% pure, too...right?

 

Laura Leff

5:14 PM

Scott - Sure is.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:14 PM

BTW, when did "beauty shops" become "beauty parlors"? I suspect today they're all salons. Phil Harris would be so disappointed. He never could spell.

 

Laura Leff

5:14 PM

Good question.  The latter makes me think of "massage parlor."

 

Brad from Georgia

5:14 PM

Scott, I knew a girl like that once. 56/100% of the time she was a delight.

 

Josef Silvia

5:15 PM

I think Jack's writers might have made the comment a bit sharper with less redundancy.

 

Laura Leff

5:15 PM

I think of exchanges where Mary is trying to spill the beans on something about Jack, and he fights a little, and then loses.

 

Josef Silvia

5:15 PM

exactly.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:15 PM

Gracie's smug comment about blackmail--"Cute of me, huh?" got a nice laugh.

 

Laura Leff

5:16 PM

Or they might have had Jack come up with something clever to get either Gracie or the announcer to leave...

What do you all think about her making up a story about a baby?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:16 PM

It went with Gracie's ditzy persona.

 

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Laura Leff

5:16 PM

I just don't buy the show from that point on.  Jack and George talk about how close they are, and Jack would know if George had a baby on the way.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:16 PM

In a TV show today, they'd push it--the woman would have to borrow a baby, etc.

 

Laura Leff

5:17 PM

Sounds like Jack borrowing an Oscar

You know, this is a 1943 show and there's barely a word about the war.

Gracie references an Army band (Major Bowes), but that doesn't even have to be war related.

 

Josef Silvia

5:18 PM

Gracie's writers always went for the ditzy side, but that goes a bit far. I always feel like evry time Burns & Allen had Jack on, they just didn'tknow how to give him good material.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:18 PM

I did think the exchange between Jack and George--"You're my dearest friend, George. You're like my brothe--with George echoing him up until the last bit was nice.

 

Laura Leff

5:18 PM

Agreed.

What other thoughts on the show for tonight?

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:18 PM

Jack seemed to have a way with kids.  I am thinking about the Beverly Hills Beavers.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:18 PM

Bill Goodwin does say that Swan is "a great wartime buy."

 

Laura Leff

5:18 PM

Aha...good point.

 

Josef Silvia

5:19 PM

Scott, I love the show where the Beavers play the characters

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:19 PM

Me too, Josef.  They nailed it!

 

Laura Leff

5:19 PM

Jack is one person who can work with kids and animals.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:19 PM

Best joke in my opinion: George says he will sing without pay; Jack says, "I wouldn't THINK of it." George says Okay, pay me. Jack says "I wouldn't think of THAT, either." Great timing on the gag.

 

Josef Silvia

5:20 PM

I thought they could've gone further with coaxing George for Jack's show. It was a good set up.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:20 PM

George did love to sing, didn't he?

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:20 PM

They had such a great rapport.

 

Josef Silvia

5:20 PM

They did.

 

Laura Leff

5:20 PM

Down in the garden where the red roses grow, oh my, I long to go...

Pluck me like a flower, cuddle me an hour, honey let me learn that Red Rose Rag...

I have a 1972 (IIRC) album called "George Burns Sings"

Cover is supposed to look like Sgt. Pepper.

 

Josef Silvia

5:21 PM

I have an album where George sings but never opened it. Couldn' do that to myself.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:22 PM

I did think the "baby" bit was funniest when Jack thought Gracie was expecting a second and George thought they were still talking about song titles. "What's the second one gonna be called?" George: "Moonglow." Jack: "Moonglow . . . Burns?"

 

Laura Leff

5:22 PM

Josef - Which one?

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:22 PM

I like his song "I Wish I Was 18 Again."  Even though it isn't grammatically correct.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:22 PM

I wish I were eighteen again, and knew grammar.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:22 PM

And so is my typing.   :)

 

Josef Silvia

5:22 PM

It's from the 80s called George Sings, something like that. Picked it up from a record shop a few months ago.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:23 PM

BTW, that "Moonglow" exchange is a great example of situational irony.

(I have Pandora on, and Leonard Cohen is singing his "Hallelujah." I can play that on the uke, but I can't sing like Cohen. So I do it like Bob Dylan.)

 

Laura Leff

5:24 PM

If it's from the 80s, it could be George Burns in Nashville.  What's the cover look like?

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:24 PM

You go, Brad.  We would love to see a YouTube video of it.

 

Josef Silvia

5:25 PM

I also loved the line "I may be blood and guts but that's just guts." from Jack.

 

Laura Leff

5:25 PM

Pandora headquarters are in my current client's building.  I don't think anyone who works there is over 30.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:25 PM

Here's a picture of the album cover: http://www.amazon.com/George-Burns-Sings-Buddah-STEREO/dp/B0060S4CZ0

 

Josef Silvia

5:25 PM

It's purple with George holding a cigar.

 

Laura Leff

5:26 PM

Thanks Brad

Josef - Oh, that's Eighteen Again.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:26 PM

I got as far as Jack's banter with Gracie ... 18 Again was a great song

 

Laura Leff

5:26 PM

I was actually pretty partial to his Nashville album.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:26 PM

George could had sang "I'm Eighteen" by Alice Cooper.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:26 PM

Must head out

 

Laura Leff

5:27 PM

Take care, Mike.  Be well.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:27 PM

Be well, Michael.

 

Michael Amowitz

5:27 PM

Best to all you swans!

 

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Brad from Georgia

5:27 PM

Yeah, here's "Eighteen Again." http://www.amazon.com/Wish-Was-Eighteen-Again/dp/B000QTCXB4/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1...

Thanks, Michael! Stay well.

 

Laura Leff

5:27 PM

Honk honk...oh sorry, that's a goose.

 

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Brad from Georgia

5:28 PM

Who let Harpo in?

"Love likes a gander, / And adores a goose."

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:28 PM

Laura....I would rather hear you honk than that silly raven you posted.   :)

 

Laura Leff

5:28 PM

Well, Brad, I know you are, well, "preparing" for tomorrow...and Scott, I'm sorry there aren't more folks on tonight (or surprise guests like last time)

Scott - Nevermore.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:29 PM

Laura.  No worries.  It's summer.  People are traveling.

 

Laura Leff

5:29 PM

I actually liked that raven a lot as I've been a devoted Poe fan much of my life.

Exactly.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:29 PM

I will endure. Like Uncle Tonoose, I strong like bool.

 

Laura Leff

5:29 PM

I'm thinking of making the August chat the Jack Benny 101 chat

 

Brad from Georgia

5:30 PM

Let's do it! The 101, I mean. I'll take care of the other business myself....

 

Laura Leff

5:30 PM

OK.  Going to use "money or your life" for discussion.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:30 PM

Classic!

 

Brad from Georgia

5:30 PM

See how many get the punch line right!

 

Laura Leff

5:31 PM

God

Don't get me started...if I had a nickel for every time I've heard it misquoted.

:)

 

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Laura Leff

5:31 PM

Gee...I don't think Jolson has ever been so quiet in his life!   :)

 

Brad from Georgia

5:31 PM

The late Bob Asprin nailed the routine when he and I did it impromptu at DragonCon once. He hugged me afterward! "I always wanted to be Benny!" he said. He was a funny guy.

 

Laura Leff

5:32 PM

At least he didn't give you a headache.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:32 PM

I like to hear Ronald Colman reading the prize-winning letter from the contest I Can't Stand Jack Benny Because....

 

Brad from Georgia

5:32 PM

Is that why your head is ailing?

 

Josef Silvia

5:32 PM

Sorry guys, computer issues. And I said I wasn't having any

 

Laura Leff

5:32 PM

Scott - That's a great show.

Josef - You jinxed yourself.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:32 PM

Ah...Charles Trenet is singing "La Mer," one of my favorite songs, on Pandora.

 

Josef Silvia

5:32 PM

No kidding.

 

Laura Leff

5:33 PM

We're actually on the verge of calling it good for this month, since we're short a number of regular folks.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:33 PM

I agree with Scott. Great taste in show.

Shows.

Shows what I know...

 

Laura Leff

5:33 PM

Win place or...

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:33 PM

Laura...I forget, did that winner ever appear on the show?

 

Josef Silvia

5:33 PM

Which show?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:33 PM

There's no business like shoe business...

"I can't stand Jack Benny because..." wrap up

 

Laura Leff

5:33 PM

Scott - No.  You may be thinking of the winner of the Walking Man contest.

Brad - Ah, you know 12/30/45 is my favorite ep.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:34 PM

That's a good one, too--did Colman do the announcement?

 

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Josef Silvia

5:34 PM

Oh yes, with Isaac Stern as a Guest Star as well. and Coleman announcement

 

Laura Leff

5:34 PM

Hi Tracy!

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:34 PM

That's it, Laura.

 

Josef Silvia

5:34 PM

Hi Trcy!

 

Tracy Allred

5:34 PM

Hi!

 

Josef Silvia

5:34 PM

*Tracy

 

Laura Leff

5:34 PM

Brad - Announce the winner of Walking Man?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:34 PM

Tracy! Hiya.

Yes, LL.

I don't remember.

 

Scott D. Vroegindewey

5:34 PM

Hi Tracy from Kansas City!

 

Laura Leff

5:35 PM

Brad - No, I think that would have been the host of the program, whose name is escaping me at the moment.

BRB

 

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Josef Silvia

5:37 PM

While we were on the Ronald Coleman subject, it got me thinking of my favorit e show of his. The one where he dreams that he is Jack Benny :)

 

Laura Leff

5:37 PM

Josef - Ah yes...another excellent show.

Any other comments on the show for tonight?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:38 PM

I always loved Dennis's impersonation of Colman.

 

Laura Leff

5:38 PM

Oh yeah, it was dead on!

 

Josef Silvia

5:38 PM

I just love the line "I could have been born Jack Benny, what a nauseating thought!"

The Colman's pretty much hit it out of the park every time they were on.

 

Laura Leff

5:39 PM

I wonder what a script of Fred dreaming that he's Jack would be like...

 

Brad from Georgia

5:39 PM

I liked Fibber McGee's "off-mike" appearance when Gracie phoned him. I haven't listened to many Fibber/Molly shows, though.

 

Laura Leff

5:39 PM

Josef - Agreed, because they played it straight.  That made it all the more funny!

 

Josef Silvia

5:39 PM

Yes!

 

Laura Leff

5:40 PM

Hey Tracy, I apologize but we were on the verge of wrapping up since we've got a small group this month.

 

Josef Silvia

5:40 PM

The script was hammed up enough, all they had to do was read the lines.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:40 PM

Best advice I ever got from a director: "When you play comedy, play it like it's drama."

 

Josef Silvia

5:40 PM

Same here

 

Laura Leff

5:40 PM

And Jack gave the Colmans exactly that direction.

OK, anything else?  Or call it good for this month?

 

Brad from Georgia

5:41 PM

I loved playing the Rabbi in "Fiddler on the Roof." He has six lines--and I got laughs on five of them.

 

Josef Silvia

5:41 PM

But Jack's impression of Colman isn't nearly as funny as Colman's impression of him.

 

Brad from Georgia

5:41 PM

I'm good if you guys are. Looking forward to next month!

 

Laura Leff

5:41 PM

Yes, I have another friend who played that role and loved it.

 

Josef Silvia

5:41 PM

I'm good. See you guys next month!

 

Laura Leff

5:41 PM

Josef - Jack and an English accent didn't seem to mix well.  Exhibit A - Charley's Aunt

OK, thank you folks!

 

Josef Silvia

5:42 PM

Very true!

 

Brad from Georgia

5:42 PM

My son played the Rabbi in high shcool.

See you next month!

 

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Josef Silvia

5:42 PM

See you then!