Friday, November 23, 2012

A Comedy Classic: Jack Benny and Mel Blanc in "What's in a Name?"


It's not in HD color; it's black and white. The picture is grainy and the sound isn't great. But the comedy! They don't make them like this any more.

Last night we came across an old routine on the Jack Benny show that had the master of comedy interviewing prospective candidates for a talent show. Who should be the first candidate but a character named Stanley Gropff. Every time Benny pronounces his name, well, you have to see it.

The skit involves some dog imitations and shows off Gropff's talents. Of course, we know that Gropff is really Mel Blanc, who was known as the man of 1,000 voices including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and Yosemite Sam.

We profiled Blanc last year when he was the subject of a special exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum. If you missed that post, it's worth taking a look

Enjoy! Tha-tha-that's all, folks!

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