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Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy, Paperback / softback Book

Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy Paperback / softback


The king of radio comedy from the Great Depression through the early 1950s, Jack Benny was one of the most influential entertainers in twentieth-century America.

A master of comic timing and an innovative producer, Benny, with his radio writers, developed a weekly situation comedy to meet radio's endless need for new material, at the same time integrating advertising into the show's humor.

Through the character of the vain, cheap everyman, Benny created a "fall guy," whose frustrated struggles with his employees addressed mid-century America's concerns with race, gender, commercialism, and sexual identity.

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley contextualizes her analysis of Jack Benny and his entourage with thoughtful insights into the intersections of competing entertainment media and argues that transmedia stardom, branded entertainment, and virality are, in fact, the newest versions of key elements in the history of American popular culture.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 392 pages, 28 b-w
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780520295056

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