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Jack Benny and the Violin

Here are a few of Jack Benny’s classic comedy routines featuring the violin. In his performances, Benny was know for his “bad” violin playing. In reality, he was a competent violinist and the owner of a Stradivarius. Through the years, Jack Benny’s guests included Isaac Stern and Jascha Heifetz. His show broke racial barriers in the United States with its human portrayal of the African-American butler, Rochester, as well as with guests such as Louis Armstrong and the Ink Spots.

This clip with Gisele MacKenzie offers a glimpse into the genius of Benny’s violin-centered comedy.

Here is a full episode, guest starring Isaac Stern:

Here is a clip with Toni Marcus:

More Jack Benny Clips

For more funny Jack Benny clips visit Jack Benny Shows Off His Strad.

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4 Responses to Jack Benny and the Violin

  1. Jennifer Halenar June 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Have you seen the one where he tries to play with Liberace? It is sooooo funny.

    • Timothy Judd June 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you for suggesting this video, Jennifer. You can watch it here.

  2. Anonymous June 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    It takes a good violinist to play badly… intentionally. I’d like to hear Jack play as I know he can… are there any recordings… clips… anything??
    Thanks Timothy, for sharing!!

  3. Chas Reskin July 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Jack used to give benefit concerts for orchestras all over the country. When I was a teenger I was lucky enough to attend one with the University of Miami Symphony. It was hilarious – as he fidgeted during the long opening tutti of the Beethoven concerto, then was caught “day-dreaming” when it was his actual entrance. He also sat in as concertmster for Capriccio Espagnole. He was a very funny and very great man.

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