Nick Charles (wheelerwoolsey) wrote in jack_benny,
Nick Charles

Jack's Famous Match Bit

From George Burns' All My Best Friends:

No matter whose party Jack Benny and I were attending, I always tried to do something to make him laugh. Believe me, if I thought for one minute that he was really embarrassed by the things I did to him, I certainly would have done a lot more of them. I remember one night we were at a party at writer Norman Krasna's house; there were probably seventy or eighty people there and the party was pretty quiet. I saw Jack walk over the mantelpiece and pick up some matches to light his cigar. "Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please," I said loudly. Everybody immediately quieted down, and Jack hesitated. "Well, we're really in luck tonight," I said. "Jack Benny is going to honor us by doing his famous match bit. Jack..." Everybody looked at him and waited. Jack didn't know what to do, so he lit his cigar. "Oh," I said, "a new finish!" And Jack started laughing so hard he had to get down on his knees and pound the floor.

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