+ Mel Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decade-long career performing in radio commercials, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. during the "Golden Age of American animation" (and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions) as the voice of such well-known characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Woody Woodpecker, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman, Heathcliff, Speedy Gonzales, and hundreds of others. Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry. At the time of his death, it was estimated that 20 million people heard his voice every day. Blanc began his radio career in 1927 as a voice actor on the KGW program The Hoot Owls, where his ability to provide voices for multiple characters first attracted attention. He moved to KEX in 1933 to produce and host his Cobweb And Nuts show, which debuted on June 15. The program played Monday through Saturday from 11:00 pm to midnight, and by the time the show ended two years later, it appeared from 10:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Blanc moved to Warner Bros.-owned KFWB in Hollywood, California, in 1935. He joined The Johnny Murray Show, but the following year switched to CBS Radio and The Joe Penner Show. Blanc was a regular on the NBC Red Network show The Jack Benny Program in various roles, including voicing Benny's Maxwell automobile (in desperate need of a tune-up), violin teacher Professor LeBlanc, Polly the Parrot, Benny's pet polar bear Carmichael, the tormented department store clerk, and the train announcer (see below). One of Blanc's most memorable characters from Benny's radio (and later TV) programs was "Sy, the Little Mexican", who spoke one word at a time. The famous "Sí...Sy...sew...Sue" routine was so effective that no matter how many times it was performed, the laughter was always there, thanks to the comedic timing of Blanc and Benny. At times, sharp-eyed audience members (and later, TV viewers) could see Benny struggling to keep a straight face; Blanc's absolute dead-pan delivery was a formidable challenge for him. Benny's daughter, Joan, recalls that Mel Blanc was one of her father's closest friends in real life, because "nobody else on the show could make him laugh the way Mel could." Another famous Blanc shtick on Jack's show was the train depot announcer who inevitably intoned, sidelong, "Train leaving on Track Five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga". Part of the joke was the Angeleno studio audience's awareness that no such train existed connecting those then-small towns (years before Disneyland opened). To the wider audience, the primary joke was the pregnant pause that evolved over time between "Cuc.." and "...amonga"; eventually, minutes would pass while the skit went on as the audience awaited the inevitable conclusion of the word. (At least once, a completely different skit followed before the inevitable “...amonga” finally appeared.) Benny's writers would regularly try to "stump" Blanc by asking him to perform supposedly impossible vocal effects and characterizations, such as an "English horse whinny" and a goldfish. For the latter, Mel walked up to the microphone and pursed his lips several times, making no noise. Blanc's success on The Jack Benny Program led to his own radio show on the CBS Radio Network, The Mel Blanc Show, which ran from September 3, 1946, to June 24, 1947. Blanc played himself as the hapless owner of a fix-it shop, as well as his young cousin Zookie (who sounded quite a bit like Porky Pig). Many episodes required Mel to impersonate an exotic foreigner or other stranger in town, ostensibly for carrying out a minor deception on his girlfriend's father, but of course simply as a vehicle for him to show off his talents.-WikiPedia
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 41 old time radio episodes:
|12.31.1946||the mel blanc show (18) zebra of the year||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. It's New Year's Eve; who will be the Loyal Orde...
|01.07.1947||the mel blanc show (19) the broken caruso record||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The broken Caruso record.
|01.14.1947||the mel blanc show (20) foreign relatives||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate tooth powder, Halo shampoo. Mr. Colby wants a bank loan very much, so Mel b...
|01.28.1947||the mel blanc show (21) masquerade ball||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The Loyal Order Of Benevolent Zebras is having ...
|02.04.1947||the mel blanc show (22) betty's suitors|
|02.04.1947||the man to marry betty||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Mel and Betty have been engaged for four years....
|02.11.1947||the mel blanc show (23) mel's birthday|
|02.11.1947||the fix it shop is sold||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The bank is going to foreclose on Mel's Fix-It ...
|02.18.1947||the mel blanc show (24) the missing slice of bread||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. Mel is determined to make a name for himself. A...
|02.25.1947||the mel blanc show (25) vaudeville team||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The Grand Caliph of The Loyal Order Of Benevole...
|03.04.1947||the mel blanc show (26) councilman colby|
|03.04.1947||the stuffed pheasant||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mr. Colby has hopes of being named to the City C...
|03.11.1947||the mel blanc show (27) the art critic|
|03.11.1947||mel sells colbys valuable painting||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mel doesn't have the money to pay his income tax...
|03.18.1947||the mel blanc show (28) two loves has mel||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mel is engaged to both Betty and Cousin Dotty at...
|03.25.1947||the mel blanc show (29) miss ugga ugga boo||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. The Loyal Order Of Benevolent Zebras is holding ...
|04.01.1947||the mel blanc show (30) april fools||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mel plays an April Fool's Day joke on Mr. Colby ...
|04.08.1947||the mel blanc show (31) easter egg hunt||
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|04.15.1947||the mel blanc show (32) society party|
|04.15.1947||crashing mr colbys party||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. There's going to be a swell Society party tonig...
|04.22.1947||the mel blanc show (33) literary discussion|
|04.22.1947||mel the literary expert||
+ Mel Blanc was always a busy guy. Amongst his many credits include appearances on Abbot & Costello,...
|04.29.1947||the mel blanc show (34) james mason movies|
|05.06.1947||the mel blanc show (35) oil stock|
|05.13.1947||the mel blanc show (36) supermarket journal editor||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mr. Colby is going to be interviewed. It's up to...