Features Classic Comedy Moments: The Jack Benny Program – Jack Gets Mugged Published 2 years ago on April 30, 2017 A mugger accosts Jack on his radio show on March 28, 1948. After establishing a cast of regulars, audiences have come to know the intimate details of every character, including Rochester and Mary, on Jack Benny’s hugely popular radio show. But no character has more recognizable traits, flaws and foibles than Benny’s own character, “Jack.” Supposedly created in his own image, Jack is well known for several things: his ongoing feud with fellow radio personality Fred Allen, his ancient Maxwell automobile, his perpetual age of 39. But the most famous Benny trait of all is his stinginess. On the show, Benny’s character supposedly kept his money in a guarded vault in the basement, and the guard–in a great running gag–hadn’t been out of the basement since the 1800s. Jack was the world’s most parsimonious dude, and everyone knew it. The Punchline: A mugger walks up to Benny and demands, “Your money or your life.” As the silence gets louder and longer, the impatient mugger demands an answer. An irritated Benny, clearly in deep thought, insists, “I’m thinking. I’m thinking.” This single joke results in the longest uninterrupted laugh in radio history. Classic comedy momentsJack Benny Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes9 hours ago Chronicle Mysteries: The Wrong Man (Hallmark Sun 24 Feb 2019, Alison Sweeney) Podcaster Alex McPherson seeks the truth behind the tragic death of a young lawyer, while partner Drew finds himself diving... Episodes9 hours ago The Zoo: The Marvelous Mott Mott (Season 3 Premieres 24 Feb 2019 on Animal Planet) The Marvelous Mott Mott: Animal Planet’s THE ZOO goes behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo for a third... Episodes9 hours ago SMILF: Single Mom In Love Forever (S2EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) Single Mom In Love Forever: In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions,... Episodes9 hours ago Crashing: The Viewing Party (S3EP6 HBO Sun 24 Feb 2019) The Viewing Party: Pete (Pete Holmes) and Kat (Madeline Wise) attend a viewing party for Ali’s late-night spot on Seth... Episodes9 hours ago Black Monday: 243 (S1EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) 243: Mo takes Dawn to the Predator’s Ball in an effort to raise the capital The Jammer Group needs to... search EPISODES Episodes9 hours ago Private Eyes: Getaway With Murder (S2EP12 ION Sun 24 Feb 2019) Getaway With Murder: Shade and Angie are hired by the owner of a luxurious rustic lodge to investigate an infidelity... Episodes9 hours ago Shameless: You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It (S9EP12 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It: When a blackout hits the South Side, Kevin and Veronica come up... Episodes9 hours ago True Detective: Now Am Found (Season finale Sun 24 Feb 2019) Now Am Found: Wayne (Mahershala Ali) struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.