Statistics Saturday: The Humor Of Fred Allen So Far As Anyone Remembers

Small wedge with Allen's quote about `I've discovered why they call [television] a medium: because nothing is well-done'; an empty quarter; a bigger wedge of Kenneth the Page, on 30 Rock, looking at the photo Fred Allen autographed to him; then an even bigger empty space.
Not pictured: that line about a committee being a group of men who individually can do nothing, but who collectively can decide nothing can be done, because I want a better reference than Brainyquote saying he said it. The television-is-a-medium thing at least he said on The Big Show, for the 5th of November, 1950, at just past 1:00:08 and you can check.

Reference: History of the Second World War, Basil Henry Liddell-Hart.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

4 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: The Humor Of Fred Allen So Far As Anyone Remembers”

  1. Jack Benny told Rich Little that his (Benny’s) favorite Fred Allen line at his expense was “When Benny plays the violin, it sounds like the cat is still attached to the strings.”


  2. Just a heads up…Buzzr is showing an episode/ pilot(?) of Fred Allen hosted “Take Your Choice” as part of its Lost & Found special. He doesn’t say anything funny himself, but something a contestant said when he asked “What does Newark have that New York doesn’t?”,which I didn’t catch made him chuckle a little.


    1. I appreciate the tip; I’m sorry I was out until well past the special’s being done. Too bad.

      The many times taking the train in to New York I always wondered why the announcers were not clear that Newark Penn Station was Newark New Jersey Penn Station. Was always worried about getting off at the wrong Penn.


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