Posted ByGerry O. on February 22, 2003 at 00:16:07:
In Reply to: Jack's show on stage posted byRick Ferranti on February 21, 2003 at 19:53:55:
Based on filmed footage of actual Benny radio broadcasts, Rochester did stand on stage and read his script at the microphone, just like Jack and the rest of the cast...even though he was supposed to be miles away, talking to Jack on the phone.
As a rule, the radio cast didn't walk on and off the stage like on a TV show or stage show....they either all stood at mikes or sat on chairs on the stage and walked up to the mike when it became time for them to perform.
One cannot take the studio audience ovations too literally when listening to radio programs....remember that the audience was "coached" by various types of "applause" signs.
The mere nature of most radio studio audience ovations was unnatural....
If a show had a famous guest star (say Bing Crosby), a natural audience reaction would be for the group to break into applause as soon as they saw the guest star walk out on stage. However, it didn't work this way in radio...instead, the guest star might actually say one or two lines before the show's star would yell, "Why, it's BING CROSBY!"...THEN the audience would break into applause. Again, a most unnatural reaction, but one which was heard often on radio programs.