Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy by Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Jack Benny's old time radio shows (you can find them on Spotify and various places online). The more I listened, the more I wanted to know about Benny, his cast, and the ideas that went into making his comedy. But there wasn't a whole lot of places to go - until this book. Fuller-Seeley's scholarly work was like rain in the desert, and I came away completely sated. She is academic without ever being too dry; she also tackles some of the messier aspects of the show (race and gender, for example) - this isn't a love fest. But you can tell she loves the radio program, that certainly shines through. This book isn't for everyone; but if you like Benny, you're going to like this book.
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