Posted Bykurt on November 18, 2002 at 17:18:53:
In Reply to: Re: Maybe I Can Help Here..... posted byLL on November 18, 2002 at 12:42:38:
Benny's comedy routines, especially on TV, were often cruel. Today, they'd be considered edgy or in bad taste. But in his day, it was called comedy.
If you recall the routine in which Mel Blanc is the suffering department store clerk at Christmastime, you'll remember that it ends with Blanc staggering to the back, followed by the sound of a gunshot, followed by hysterical audience laughter as Jack deadpans. Suicide as a punchline doesn't play today.
Neither, of course, do fat jokes. Benny's radio and TV programs contained far more fat jokes, all aimed at Don Wilson, than they did racial material, all aimed at Rochester, and occasionally at Schlepperman. There was at least one fat joke in nearly every single radio program.