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When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in.
I love Benny Hill. He one of my favourites of aaall time. Like, the way Benny did it, he was just amazing. Just seeing how he put songs together and comedy and the timing and the sketches. He was way ahead of his time.
Some say that Cusk has no sense of humour, but expecting giggles from this writer would be akin to expecting sonnets from Benny Hill.
I consider you as old as you look and feel. And in that case I feel - I feel I'm about 39, like Jack Benny.
I've always been the king of silence. I've always been a minimalist comedian. I've taken my influence from Jack Benny, who was the king of that... I've always done 'less is more.'
Jack Benny was, without a doubt, the bravest comedian I have ever seen work. He wasn't afraid of silence. He would take as long as it took to tell the story.
I was not influenced by Jack Benny, and people have remarked on my timing and Jack's timing, but I don't think you can teach timing. It's something you hear in your head.
Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.
No, that's not it. The first time we met was at Fat Tuesday's. Benny was playing, this was, I think in 1989?
I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records.
I have often been told that I have many of the same mannerisms as Jack Benny and certainly Bob Cummings.
The first memory I have was my sisters dancing to the radio when they played records by Benny Goodman and Harry James and of the sort. But the record that got me was a record by Derek Sampson, who was a young guy, called 'Boogie Express,' and it was boogie-woogie. Really, it was on fire, and that got me.
Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general.
It's a spirit that was given me and the relationships and meeting all these great people, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong; through Max I met a lot of people too. My first album was with Benny Carter.
I could do John Wayne, Jack Benny, Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and entertain my friends. But I never seriously considered it as a career choice.
My idol was Jack Benny and he was the master of subtlety and timing.
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