Datebook: May 2 - The Jack Benny Program Debuts 80 Years Ago

May 2, 2012

The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy. Benny first appeared as a guest of Ed Sullivan in 1932, and was given his own show later in the year with Canada Dry Ginger Ale as the sponsor on the NBC Network, continuing for six monts until moving to CBS. The program utilized a show-within-a-show fomat, where the main characters played versions of themselves. Running jokes on the show included jokes about Benny's age, Dennis Day's stupidity, or letters from Mary Livingstone's mother. Also, songs by the tenor, then comedy involving an event of the week, mini-plays, and satires of current movies. Jack Benny expanded to television in 1949, and ran for 15 seasons, until 1965. He ended the program on a high note, with 18 million viewers a week.

It’s Wednesday, May 2

Artwork by Jennifer Fairbanks goes on display Friday at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz.  An opening reception begins at 5PM.  The exhibit runs through June 10; the museum’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and Sundays from 1 to 4.  See a sampling of drawings and paintings at

The Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association will have a plant sale from 9 to noon on Saturday at the Paducah Demonstration Garden.  The sale will include perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants.

Auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.  The community summer musical has roles available for children and adults of all ages.  Auditions start at 2 PM both days, with callbacks on Sunday at 3:30.  Find audition details at

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