Friday, February 18, 2011

a closer look: Robert Benchley

On Ken P. D. Snydecast #157: Make All Our Dreams Come True the boys talk about humorist Robert Benchley and compare him to John Hodgman.

Ken: He was the John Hodgman of his day.
Dana: I would say he's better than the Hodgman. No offense to John Hodgman.
Ken: I think that's offense.
Dana: What's that?
Ken: I think they are very similar in what their shtick is.
Dana: You think?
Ken: Yeah. When you watch those Benchley shorts and he's basically presenting a falsely comic view of standard everyday...
Dana: All right, fair enough. I just always pictured Benchley reeking of gin.

Here is one of those shorts. This one is from 1939 and is titled How To Eat.

Enjoy it and see if you get a whiff of gin:

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