robert benchley

  • Thu
    Apr 13
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 16
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

deep tracks

djangoGypsy Jazz by Django,

great American humor by Robert Benchley.

 


  • Thu
    Dec 05
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 08
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

robert benchley and django reinhardt

this week, something totally different.

one of the great american humorists of the 1st benchleyhalf of the 20th century was robert benchley (right). precursor to dave barry, he wrote short pieces for the new yorker (he initially wrote under the pseudonym of guy fawkes), harvard lampoon, and vanity fair. he wrote and starred in many movie shorts, such as "how to sleep," and as a result of his screen presence, became a hollywood character actor, appearing in such movies as alfred hitchcock's "foreign correspondent" and "the road to utopia."

this week i'll read several of benchley's short humorous pieces, punctuated by music from another creative genius of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, the belgian gypsy jazz guitarist, django reinhardt, and french virtuoso jazz violinist, stephane grappelli. (click here to read more)