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Happy 116th Birthday, Jack Benny!

For those who say "Who?", first you should be ashamed of yourselves, and second you should probably go here and download one of his old radio shows.

Here's a classic skit he used to perform with Mel Blanc



(oh, and it's also Youtube's 5th anniversary.)

I think the basic unit of comic timing should be called the Benny. There are very few comedians now and in the past capable of going the full Benny.


(reminded by Neil Gaiman)
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My basic unit of comic measurement is the Brice. Two Bennys = 1 Brice.

Cosby did a good one, in stages, in one of his stories about Fat Albert and a snowball game.

My favorite was not from a comedian but the director of one of the Star Trek movies. Spock, amnesiac, was wandering around asking why these people had gone to the trouble of rescuing him. The eyebrow went up and up, the audience was breathing along with -- what he never said.


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