Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:55pmVictor Borge

100 Years of Music & Laughter

By Judith Spitzer

I had a quiet weekend – spending time with my daughter and 15-year old grandson was the big highlight. I think everyone should arrange to hang out with a 15-year old on occasion. The world through their eyes is so naïve and innocent … and incredibly fun! 

My grandson is a wannabe stand up comedian. So I’m always checking out videos of comics that he can watch – preferably those who are funny and not raunchy.  

So I mentioned to him that the Victor Borge special was on Sunday afternoon. Borge’s work is so timeless and hilarious. I love to watch him so the program with archival footage was a real treat. Of course my grandson didn't know who he was but I hope he managed to catch the show. 

The program is being aired again on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 if you missed it on Sunday. It's called "Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter".  It's an all-new special narrated by Rita Rudner, featuring some of Borge's funniest and most memorable skits from the Borge family vault. Fabulous, fabulous stuff! 

Borge is famous for the following quote: "...a smile is the shortest distance between people..." and his work has brought smiles to thousands of viewers over the past 80 years! 

Borge's public career began with a piano debut in 1926 when he was just 17, although before that he was hailed as a child prodigy. 

Called the "Great Dane" of comedy, he was a master of comedy and beloved musician for eight decades. He was celebrated for his unique blend of comedy and music and recognized as one of the funniest performers the world has ever known. 

This program contains classic comedy bits such as the timeless "Phonetic Punctuation," "Inflationary Language," "Autumn Leaves" with Robert Merrill, "The Opera Singer" with Marylyn Mulvey and many more. 


  • Comments (1)

I remember watching Victor Borge on a tiny black and white television screen.
He was very very popular in his time.

Left by Bob Rinker | Sep. 24, 2011 at 6:28pm

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