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Jack Benny was the everyman with uncanny timing

Jack Benny was the everyman with uncanny timing

Bob Hope was the wisecracker. Milton Berle was a clown. George Burns and Gracie Allen were farceurs of domestic life. And Jack Benny was the "Everyman" comedian.

For nearly half-a-century, Benny kept audiences in stitches with his alter-ego of a vain penny-pincher who was forever 39 and delusional about his skill at playing the violin. His catchphrases — "well" (with a long pause) and "now cut that out" — were part of the pop culture landscape for decades.


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'The Jack Benny Program': The Classic Hollywood column in the July 22 Calendar section on the DVD release of 'The Jack...

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