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Television and Radio stars

RADIO AND TELEVISION COMEDIANS In the late 1920's, 1930's and early 1940's, radio had been an important function in people's lives. Every evening they would tune in and listen to their favorite dramas, mysteries, serials live music programs or comedies. They came from Vaudville or brought their unique style of antics to home audience listeners weekly. Stars like George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen started on radio, bringing people situations in their daily life. Jack Benny and all of his money troubles and his violin playing was another popular program on radio as well as Milton Berle who often joked about Jack Benny.

When t.v. rolled around, the main stations of NBC and CBS wanted their stars to come and star in programs on their stations. Naturally they did and the comedians grew even more popular. However, some other comedians also came about because of this - such comedians as Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez who brought a new style of situation comedy and began the women's lib. movement, not even aware of it. Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason brought their own variety shows with a few comedic skits being done on them. Because of these, Jackie Gleason came up with "The Honeymooners."

From radio to television, people would contantly tune in to watch their favorite stars entertain them for half and hour to an hour. Even today we seem to do this by watching Friends or old re-runs of Seinfield or even Drew Carey, we never realize that if it had not been for those first few comedians, this process might have not existed.

Created by Mike DeMassey

Links to more information

T.V. careers of famous comedians
Jackie Gleason info
Lucille Ball links