"Bashing" Harry Conn

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Posted ByGerry O. on February 18, 2004 at 15:50:01:

In Reply to: Re: Harry Conn strikes again posted byLL on February 17, 2004 at 23:54:47:

Actually, Laura, I DO agree with you on the corny radio gags of Harry Conn....but back then EVERY comedian on the radio was corny like that!

I think where Harry Conn's writing skills were strongest were in stage-oriented routines (the kind of things that Jack later did on TV and in personal appearances). When we think of classic
Conn-written Benny routines, they're almost always visually-oriented stage bits.

And speaking of comedy writers, have you heard about the reputation of Al Boasberg? George Burns often said that Al Boasberg was a terrible writer of "fresh" material, but he was a superb script "doctor". Comedians have often said that if you locked Boasberg in a room with a typewriter and a stack of blank paper, after a few days the paper would still be blank (or filled with unfunny gags)...but if you locked him in a room with a lame, unfunny script that SOMEBODY ELSE wrote, Boasberg could "punch it up" and make it HILARIOUS!

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