Posted ByTanya Shaw on June 19, 2001 at 23:19:01:
I thought I would share with you one of my favorite
episodes of JB.....at the opening of one show, Jack
is preparing breakfast for the gang. Before they
arrive, Jack decides to slice some oranges for
breakfast. Then you hear 11 seconds of slicing.......
nothing but slicing. People began laughing before Jack
speaks again.....then he quips, "Well there's no use
stopping now, I might as well slice the other half!".
Is this great or what? This scene is Jack Benny in a
nut shell! What makes this also so wonderful is the
fact that Jack could risk slicing for 11 whole seconds
on the air......this is practically an eternity by
radio standards. I think only Jack could pull off this
gag, and I'm glad he did.
The reason why I mentioned that it's rare is because
immediately after he pulls the gag, the show went off
the air for 2 or 3 minutes (they played emergency piano
music as a filler). I don't think any commercial radio
show dealer would sell this episode because of the gap;
however, I was able to obtain it from a private collector
who has many of JB's shows.