Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas-related Post

Happy Thismas, Jack Benny-style

Part 1

Part 2

I marvel at the comic timing of this sketch, which, mostly in one long shot, is just as much of an accomplishment as the tracking shot in Goodfellas. Like most comedy shows at the time, it has the pacing and stage action of a play, which I have always loved. The audience's squealing response to Mel Blanc's increasingly bedraggled salesman is equally delightful. This also gets points for having perhaps the darkest ending of any Christmas special I've ever seen.


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