Breaking Walls

The Story Behind Jack Benny & Fred Allen's Feud

July 5th, 2018

Episode description

On Sunday December 30th, 1936, during the East Coast Broadcast of Town Hall Tonight. Allen had on in his amateur performance section of the show, a boy violinist named Stuart Canin. Canin played a violin solo of Shubert’s The Bee. Jack Benny was known to play the violin with great effort, and very poorly, but he had the country’s highest radio program. Fred Allen had no way of knowing whether Jack would respond. Jack did, and one of the greatest comedic feuds of all-time was born.

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