“The Jack Benny Show tried something novel on its season-opening broadcast of 1949-50. It had the Benny cast and incidental players talk about him for the first 22 minutes before Benny himself appeared on the show. The writers built up the gag so Jack’s appearance came as an unexpected, but inevitable, surprise.
“Not everyone liked it. The novel show was panned by a columnist for the New York World-Telegram for not being ‘surprising.’
“Frankly, she didn’t know her typewriter ribbon from a hole in the ground…” Read more
Photo: Jack and Mary Benny, press photo 1960.