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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 11, 1941

May 11, 2011 | 11:13 am

  May 11, 1941, Nazis Batter London  

  May 11, 1941, Fire Engulfs Whole Blocks  

  May 11, 1941, Comics  

May 11, 1941: We decided to poll a vote to decide which of the "funny men" are really funny. Bob Hope won the majority vote for originality. Milton Berle was classed as the fastest spieler with the best memory for gags (it was generally agreed that Berle doesn't mind swiping material).

George Burns won almost hands down as the best teller of anecdotes and stories. Groucho Marx was extolled as a master of dry wit. Jerry Colonna, it was agreed, isn't funny often, but is very funny on those few occasions. Harry Ritz was acclaimed as a top joke teller, especially with stories having a risque slant.

Jack Benny, most of us agreed, is seldom funny in private.

  May 11, 1941, Lee Shippey  


  May 11, 1941, Jimmie Fidler

May 11, 1941, Jimmie Fidler