Jack Benny

‘Happy Days’ Icon Henry Winkler Remembers Jack Benny on Anniversary of Radio Show’s First Episode

“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler honored the late radio and TV personality Jack Benny, whose first radio show aired 90 years ago today. Winkler, who was born in 1945, grew up listening to The Jack Benny Program on the radio. The comedian hosted his radio show until 1954 before moving over to television. He finished up his career in 1965 and passed away in 1974.

Stream On: Vaudevillians and TV comedy pioneers Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen

We can gain some perspective on today’s TV by revisiting two of the best comedy shows of the 1950’s, both helmed by ex-vaudeville radio stars who understood the ramifications of having cinemas in living rooms, which was unthinkable before the 1940’s. Even in the 1950’s, the heyday of these two shows, there were still many variety shows, dramas and soap operas only on the radio.
Picture for Stream On: Vaudevillians and TV comedy pioneers Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen

Listen: History Minute: Jack Benny made 'Rochester' famous

Former Post Bulletin reporter Thomas Weber tries to find a connection between Jack Benny and Rochester. The Post Bulletin Minute is a product of Forum Communications Company and is brought to you by reporters at the Rochester Post Bulletin. Subscribe and rate us at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Jack Benny made 'Rochester' famous

Jack Benny is the man who made Rochester famous. Well, in reality, Benny made “Rochester” famous. “Rochester van Jones” was the name of Benny’s fictional Black valet for nearly 30 years on the popular radio and television show “The Jack Benny Program.”. Rochester was played by Eddie Anderson, a former...

RIP Joan Benny, 86, Daughter of Famed Comedian Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, Best Selling Author

It does seem that Joan Benny, the beloved daughter of famed comedian Jack Benny and his wife Mary Livingstone, has died at age 86 from pancreatic cancer. There’s no official word, but several mentions have been made of Joan’s passing on Facebook. A friend, Vivian Serota, confirmed that she placed an obit in the New York Times’ paid obit section today.