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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Jan 3, 2011

Fred Allen was a radio humorist whose humor was much more sophisticated than that of most comedians. 

His show first aired in 1932, and its final episode was broadcast in 1949. 

During that time, Fred had a famous feud with fellow comedian Jack Benny, after Fred insulted Jack’s violin skills.  The feud sparked the careers of both entertainers, and continued for years on the air, even though they were great friends in real life.

Fred carried on another feud, too – this one a real one – against the radio censors.  His deleted material wasn’t blue – it was simply insulting to the network executives.  He was often cut off by the censors in mid-sentence. 

Fred was not particularly fond of Hollywood or the people who ran it. Here is one of his famous quotes:  "You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart."

From June 26, 1949, this is Fred Allen's last radio show.