When Burns and Allen performed for the first time at a vaudeville house in Boonton, N.J., Gracie played "straight man" to George’s baggy-pants comedian. "The people loved Gracie the moment they saw her," George recalled years later. "They laughed when she asked the jokes and they didn’t laugh when I gave the punchline . . . so I gave her all the jokes." George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is too squeaky—absolutely unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.
OLD TIME RADIO PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM RADIO SPIRITS ON AUDIO CD AND CASSETTE:
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