Posted ByFrev on February 03, 2004 at 12:51:50:
In Reply to: Re: Jack Benny on the 5/26/46 Fred Allen Show posted byLL on February 03, 2004 at 03:56:20:
: : 1. Yes, he did.
: OK, how do you know? I've had this question dozens of times over the years, but never saw anything that conclusively proved whether Jack actually lost his pants.
Again, it comes down to the audience reaction. The shrieks of delighted surprise is an indication that it was happening before their eyes. Also, there are the reactions of Jack and Fred. At one point Jack and Fred are both starting to crack up, with Jack not totally composed as he gives the lead-in to Fred's punchline. In listening to the complete broadcast, the laugher is continuing through the final commercial, with the announcer laughing as well. Then the program is cut short without a final word from Fred, which means the show went into overtime because of the laughter.
A final question: even though this is a Fred Allen show, would this count as Jack Benny's longest laugh on radio?