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Harry Shearer and Jack Benny

In my Uncommon Knowledge interview with Rob Long and Harry Shearer, you’ll hear me mention that as a child Harry worked with Jack Benny–to my mind, the finest comedian America has produced.  Now a friend has sent along the following.  (Who’s that between Jack Benny and Harry Shearer?  The great Mel Blanc, the man who gave us the voices of Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, and–Blanc should have won a Nobel Prize for this–Bugs Bunny.)

  1. Jaclyn

    The scary thing about this photo is that Harry Shearer looks EXACTLY the same today. It made me gasp and then laugh.

  2. Miffed White Male

    My senior year in college in 1984, my roommates and I would stay up every night and want Jack Benny, George and Gracie, and “You bet your life” reruns on CBN.  At the time the oldest of those shows would have been about 30 years old.  And they seemed *OLD* at the time.

    Here’s the frightening part – “Cheers” premiered 30 years ago this fall.

  3. flownover

    Laying the trap right now, waiting to pry my cheerleader daughter off her Call to Duty network , she loves fighting the boys. 

    Just innocently asked, ” have you ever seen Spinal Tap ?”. 

    Amazon has a great array is you’re a Prime, beats Netflix by a couple leagues. re Long v Shearer : Tap is probably alot easier than 400 episodes of Cheers .

    Shearer is awesome. His riff on the Bohemian Grove is mostly funny.

    As a victim of the Corps of Engineers , Missouri River 2011, I can attest to his targets and welcome a chance to talk with him about their continued bad works. 

    Rob Long …Andover.?.. beats Deerfield I guess. what’s his Kennedy count ?

    Watched part of the first installment, then the long version for awhile. Will revisit . Now it’s time for Smell the Glove !tap.jpg

  4. Nick Stuart

    Bugs Bunny a much greater contribution to humanity than anything Barack Obama did by the time he was awarded a Nobel.

  5. Severely Ltd.

    I never really appreciated Jack Benny growing up, but Mrs. Severely got a DVD of his TV shows, many featuring Mel Blanc, and they are priceless. It made a real Benny fan out of our twenty-yr-old, showing that he has a lot more discernment than his dad. Shearer can be proud of that on his resume.

  6. Hang On

    Ah, Harry Shearer did quite literally learn at the elbow of Mel Blanc.  Entirely appropriate.

  7. Jack Richman

    I can’t download this podcast or the previous one with Scalia through iTunes. Any suggestions?

  8. Misthiocracy

    Mel Blanc also did the voice of Bob & Doug McKenzie’s dad in Strange Brew.

    Oddest … cameo … ever …

  9. Misthiocracy

    Dig those groovy socks on Benny. Like, far out, man…

  10. Nathaniel Wright

    [Caption] Young Harry Shearer, a pack of Lucky Strike in his right hand, takes control of Jack Benny’s writer’s room after excoriating the writer just out of frame.[/Caption]

  11. Nathaniel Wright

    Ah…Strange Brew…best Hamlet ever.

  12. Misthiocracy
    Nathaniel Wright: Ah…Strange Brew…best Hamlet ever. · 8 minutes ago

    I’m surprised no brewery has bought the rights to the Elsinore Beer brand name.  

  13. Cunctator

    Also, Mel Blanc voiced Barney Rubble for 29 years.  Interestingly (to me) my grandfather and Mel Blanc shared their first and second names -Melvin Jerome.  Quite the coincidence!

  14. EJHill

    Jack was a treasure – to fully appreciate him you should find the run of shows from March and April of 1948 where Jack borrows, and then promptly loses, the Oscar belonging to real-life neighbor Ronald Coleman. He then spends weeks trying to borrow the awards of other winners to replace the one he lost.

    As for Blanc, he drove around LA for years with license plates that said “KMIT.” When the Cal BMV started cracking down on risque vanity plates he was asked what in meant. He told the lady at the desk it stood for “Know Me In Truth.”

    “That’s lovely,” she said, sending him on his merry way.

    The actual meaning? Kish mir in tuchas, Yiddish for Kiss my Code-of-Conduct.

  15. Nick Stuart

    Why can’t the residents of Louisiana be responsible for building and paying for the levees in Louisiana. Similarly earthquake readiness in California by the Californians, tornado disaster preparation in the Midwest, sea walls along the Gulf and East Coasts, etc?

    Because they can’t rely on their local government officials (that they elect) to do it correctly?

    If that’s the reason, why does it make any sense to give those same local government officials a big pot of Federal money? That’s what was done with grants to first responders after 9/11, and first responders still don’t have the communication systems and what not that they were supposed to spend that money on. When the Federal government gives local governments a block grant, the money gets spread around to local grandees and their minions, and somehow never actually gets put to the purpose for which it was allocated.

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