Jack Benny and Art Linkletter

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Posted ByGerry O. on July 30, 2002 at 16:19:27:

In Reply to: Lawrence Welk On Jack Benny posted byLaura Leff on July 30, 2002 at 12:25:09:

Whenever Jack spoofed another program, he would strive for authenticity.
On Shokus' new volume of Benny TV shows that I've been talking about, the live show with guest Art Linkletter is a fine example of this "authenticity".
Not only does Jack and the cast spoof Art's "Kids Say The Darndest Things" feature (with the gang dressed as kids), but they use Linkletter's actual "Kids" set from his "House Party" program (a row of small chairs on a stepped-up platform). Being that Jack and Art's shows were both broadcast from CBS' Television City facility, this was probably easy to do.
There's a part of the sketch where Jack keeps swinging his legs back and forth in "hyper kid" fashion....and as he does this, the back of his shoes keep hitting the platform step, leaving black scuff marks on it. When Linkletter sees this, he stops Jack and ad-libs, "Hey, take it easy...I have to USE this tomorrow!". After that, Jack cracks up and tries to keep from losing it completely....It's VERY funny!

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