Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quotes: Jack Benny


“I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.

-      Jack Benny 

Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky) (1894 –1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and also a notable violinist. He is recognised as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, often playing the role of a miserly cynic and complainer who always maintained his age to be 39.  He was also noted for playing the violin badly, although in real life he was an accomplished musician.  He was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, tremendously popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, were a foundational influence on the situation comedy genre. 

 See Jack Benny in a classic routine with Mel Blanc at:

Some other Jack Benny quotes:

It's not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.

Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces. 

(about his fiddle) It's a real Strad, you know. If it isn't I'm out one hundred and ten dollars. The reason I got it so cheap is that it's one of the few Strads made in Japan.

(about George Burns) We have a lot in common. The other night we went to see an X-rated movie, and we both fell asleep.

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