"A smile is the shortest distance between two people."
Victor Borge was a man who combined two very distinctive forms of entertainment—classical piano music and Stand-Up Comedy
—into one amazing whole. He himself was an exceptionally talented pianist, but rolled along with general comedy and making fun of his own craft. He had his own show in the 50's and 60's, The Victor Borge Show
, that was largely a musical showcase but also demonstrate his deft comedic tone.
Among his most famous routines include "Phonetic Punctuation
," his battle with a soprano soloist
(where he was very particular about her not touching his piano
), working Happy Birthday
into other works, and entire sections where he would turn familiar jingles on their head
He was born in Denmark and kept a thick accent his entire life, he became an American citizen just before World War II
as his wife was American (he also once publically denounced Hitler and it was simply safer for him and his family on the other side of the world). He remained active in performing his entire life, including many shows in his home country of Denmark. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 91, but people are still rediscovering his routines today.
Borge and his work provide examples of: