Posted Bykurt on May 10, 2002 at 20:49:23:
In Reply to: Rochester ad libbing? posted byKramer on May 10, 2002 at 13:49:49:
Having listened to most of the live shows tha are around, I'll venture an opinion:
Nope. Anderson never went out of character. He sometimes blew a cue, or blew a line, for which Jack always had an ad-lib, but he never stepped out of character or made his own ad-lib That would have been unprofessional.
No one on the Benny program ever stepped out of character, which is why people to this day believe Phil Harris was a drunk.
Mary most often blew her lines ("Chiss Sweeze sandwich" and "grass reek" are famous, but those were on the taped shows, not the live ones!) Rochester muffed his lines on occasion, and I've heard shows in which Don Wilson and Kenny Baker either muffed their lines or missed a cue. Sometimes Jack did, too, although on a couple of occasions, I think he did it to get a laugh.
I've not heard any programs in which Dennis Day, Frank Nelson or Mel Blanc accidentally blew a line, muffed a cue or made an unscripted ad lib.