A week or so ago I posted a clip from Cabin in the Sky featuring the great Ethel Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Anderson was a memeber of one of radio and TV's most brilliant repertoire companies: The Jack Benny Show. Benny was the star of the show but more often than not as the straight man to some of the funniest comics of the time: Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Don Wilson, Dennis O'Day, Phil Harris, Mary Livingston, Verna Felton and Anderson. Benny was quoted as saying: I don't care who gets the laughs on my show, as long as the show is funny.
For more than 30 years Anderson played Benny's valet but from the eary years on racial stereotyping was something Benny wouldn't allow. The two performers respected and admired each other and it shows in their work together.
11 agosto - Santa Chiara