Watch The Jack Benny Show
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Jack Benny started on radio in 1932 until he began The Jack Benny Program on TV in the early 1950s. Sometimes the half hour show, originally airing about once a month, was like a variety show with singing and comedy sketches. When Jack wanted that personal touch, the show looked like a situation comedy. No matter what form the show took, the perpetual 39 year old always began each show entering on stage to "Love in Bloom." There is no typical example except for Jack Benny's image. Jack had the image of a cheap miser who booby trapped everything in his bedroom to keep it from being burglarized, including putting a live tiger inside his wall safe. Jack slept in a canopy bed that folded down into a rocking bed with rockers in the front and back. One of the burglars said, "If this is the baby, I would hate to see how big the parents are." In one episode, Jack's servant, Rochester, pedaled a bicycle lunch cart across the stage, selling sandwiches to workers in order to make more money for his boss. In another episode Jack and Giselle McKenzie played a violin duet. He received a lot of laughs then.