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* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Jack Benny's birth name was "Benjamin Kubelsky". (In character, though, this was never alluded to as the reason for his stinginess.)
** It should be noted that Mister Kitzel, a RecurringCharacter (who also appears on the Al Pearce show and with Abbott and Costello) who was openly Jewish, was never portrayed as being particularly tight-fisted or stingy. The same happened earlier with Schlepperman (Sam Hearn, who would later portray a hillbilly who would call Jack a "rube").

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* AllJewsAreCheapskates: AllJewsAreCheapskates:
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Jack Benny's birth name was "Benjamin Kubelsky". (In character, though, this was never alluded to as the reason for his stinginess.)
** It should be noted that {{Averted|Trope}} in two cases. Mister Kitzel, a RecurringCharacter (who also appears on the Al Pearce show and with Abbott and Costello) who was openly Jewish, was never portrayed as being particularly tight-fisted or stingy. The same happened earlier with Schlepperman (Sam Hearn, who would later portray a hillbilly who would call Jack a "rube").



* AsHimself: Future ''Series/BarneyMiller'' Detective Jack Soo made an appearence thanks to his appearing in the road company of ''Flower Drum Song''. He's not quite a guest star in the usual sense - he first comes on pretending to be an agent for a fellow cast member when during negotiations with Jack, Jack says "Wait a minute....I know you...you're Jack Soo, aren't you?"
** Creator/JimmyStewart and his wife, as Jack's neighbors in the TV show. Creator/RonaldColman and his wife performed a similar function on the radio show.

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* AsHimself: Future ''Series/BarneyMiller'' Detective AsHimself:
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Jack Soo made an appearence thanks to his appearing in the road company of ''Flower Drum Song''. He's not quite a guest star in the usual sense - he first comes on pretending to be an agent for a fellow cast member when during negotiations with Jack, Jack says "Wait a minute....I know you...you're Jack Soo, aren't you?"
** Creator/JimmyStewart and his wife, wife Gloria as Jack's neighbors in the TV show. Creator/RonaldColman and his wife performed a similar function on the radio show.


** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke For those who might not get it,]] Jimmy Durante was famed for having a big nose, Clark Gable had large jug ears (for those not familiar with Gable, think of the ears on Creator/WillSmith for reference), and Garbo was often caricatured as having enormous feet. [[/note]]

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** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke For those who might not get it,]] Jimmy Durante was famed for having a big nose, Clark Gable had large jug ears (for those not familiar with Gable, think of the ears on Creator/WillSmith for reference), ears, and Garbo was often caricatured as having enormous feet. [[/note]]


* AscendedExtra: Rochester debuted in 1937 as a train porter, becoming Jack's valet shortly after. Initially, his role was rather small, only calling Jack midway through the show. As the show gradually turned into a sitcom, his role would be greatly expanded.



** Late in his stint as Dennis Day's replacement, Larry Stevens would only be featured greeting Jack before singing his song.



* SkewedPriorities: In one show, Jack has a magician as a guest, whose act involves a bulletproof laundry bag, but thanks to a mix-up, he is carried away. Jack and Dennis resort to do the act themselves with another (non-bulletproof) bag that was in the same room. Dennis shoots Jack, who ends up unharmed because of his wallet. He then proceeds to scold Dennis for ruining his money.



* SourSupporter: Mary sometimes became this in later radio seasons.

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* SourSupporter: Mary sometimes became this in later radio seasons.The main aspect of Mary's personality from 1937 onwards.


* ComicBookTime: Jack claimed to be perpetually 39 years old. Gags about Jack's age began in the late 30s, but in the late 40s, he began a gag where a reporter doing a story on Jack asked him his age. When Jack claimed to be 36, the reporter was so disbelieving that he showed up to ask him about it for several weeks in a row as a running gag. For the next few years, Jack went from 37 to 38, finally settling on 39 perpetually in around 1950. For the record, Jack was born in 1894, making his real 39th birthday in 1933. The gag was carried on clear until his death, when newspapers reported that "Jack Benny dies at 39". It even carried on further when Jack was given a commemorative stamp...worth 39 cents!

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* ComicBookTime: Jack claimed to be perpetually 39 years old. Gags about Jack's age began in the late 30s, but in the late 40s, he began a gag where a reporter doing a story on Jack asked him his age. When Jack claimed to be 36, the reporter was so disbelieving that he showed up to ask him about it for several weeks in a row as a running gag. For the next few years, Jack went from 37 to 38, finally settling on 39 perpetually in around 1950. [[note]](The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM7KazkCAtQ February 13, 1958 broadcast]] of the CBS variety show ''Shower of Stars'' celebrated Jack's "40th" birthday, but of course he went right back to being 39 on the 14th.)[[/note]] For the record, Jack was born in 1894, making his real 39th birthday in 1933. The gag was carried on clear until his death, when newspapers reported that "Jack Benny dies at 39". It even carried on further when Jack was given a commemorative stamp...worth 39 cents!

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** Early Grape Nuts shows began with the iconic Jell-O jingle, with Jack reminding Don about the new sponsor, which Don refers to ''Great'' Nuts before getting the name right.


* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dennis Day started out as the same character as Kenny Baker, whom he replaced. Dennis Day was a good enough actor that his part was fleshed out as the years went on.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dennis Day started out as the same character as Kenny Baker, whom he replaced. Dennis Day was a good enough actor that his part was fleshed out as the years went on. He became an impressive impressionist, especially in sketches.


** The same thing happened often with Don Wilson, and was the genesis of one of the longest laughs the show ever got. Early in the episode, Everyone was commenting on Jack's new suit, with an increasingly mystified Jack wondering how they found out about it. Each one cited news reports or government figures (the joke being that Jack opening his wallet was a massive boost to the economy). When it came to Don Wilson's turn, he was meant to explain he'd heard it from famed newspaper reporter Drew Pearson. Except he Spoonerized the name to "Dreer Pooson", drawing a laugh from the audience. The writers struck while the anvil was hot. Later on in the same episode, there was a murder-mystery parody sketch, with Benny playing a police detective. The writers, without Benny's knowledge, changed a wisecrack line from Frank Nelson in response to Jack's question about him being the doorman for Romanoff's. Instead of the originally scripted line, they had him reply "Well, who do you think I am, Dreer Pooson?" The audience was therown into hysterics, not just from the callback, but [[{{Corpsing}} Jack Benny was cracking up so much over the line that he darn near fell off the stage!]]

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** The same thing happened often with Don Wilson, and was the genesis of one of the longest laughs the show ever got. Early in the episode, Everyone was commenting on Jack's new suit, with an increasingly mystified Jack wondering how they found out about it. Each one cited news reports or government figures (the joke being that Jack opening his wallet was a massive boost to the economy). When it came to Don Wilson's turn, he was meant to explain he'd heard it from famed newspaper reporter Drew Pearson. Except he Spoonerized the name to "Dreer Pooson", drawing a laugh from the audience. The writers struck while the anvil was hot. Later on in the same episode, there was a murder-mystery parody sketch, with Benny playing a police detective. The writers, without Benny's knowledge, changed a wisecrack line from Frank Nelson in response to Jack's question about him being the doorman for Romanoff's. Instead of the originally scripted line, they had him reply "Well, who do you think I am, Dreer Pooson?" The audience was therown into hysterics, not just from the callback, but [[{{Corpsing}} Jack Benny was cracking up so much over the line that he darn near fell off the stage!]]


** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke For those who might not get it,]] Jimmy Durante was famed for having a big nose, Clark Gable had large jug ears, and Garbo was often caricatured as having enormous feet. [[/note]]

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** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke For those who might not get it,]] Jimmy Durante was famed for having a big nose, Clark Gable had large jug ears, ears (for those not familiar with Gable, think of the ears on Creator/WillSmith for reference), and Garbo was often caricatured as having enormous feet. [[/note]]


** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.

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** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke For those who might not get it,]] Jimmy Durante was famed for having a big nose, Clark Gable had large jug ears, and Garbo was often caricatured as having enormous feet. [[/note]]

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** In one show, Jack goes out to see a movie, but gets home early. When Rochester asks him why, Jack explains that he went to see ''Film/TheHornBlowsAtMidnight'' and the projectionist committed suicide.

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** The same goes for the cheesy love song Jack wrote, "When You Say, 'I Beg Your Pardon,' Then I'll Come Back to You." Jack thinks it's great, while everyone else can't stand it.


* CloudCuckoolander: Dennis Day, and Jack's boarder, Mr. Billingsley.

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* CloudCuckoolander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dennis Day, and Jack's boarder, Mr. Billingsley.



** In the episode of ''Bachelor Father'' called "Pinch That Penny!", Rochester hires Lawyer Bently Gregg to renegotiate his 40 year contract with Jack. Impressed by Rochester's ecomomicly means of running the Benny household, Bently invites Rochester to live in a few weeks to help his houseboy Peter with his spendthrift ways. Jack isn't seen on camera, although Bently has a one way telephone conversation with him at the end.

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** In the episode of ''Bachelor Father'' called "Pinch That Penny!", Rochester hires Lawyer Bently Gregg to renegotiate his 40 year contract with Jack. Impressed by Rochester's ecomomicly economical means of running the Benny household, Bently invites Rochester to live in a few weeks to help his houseboy Peter with his spendthrift ways. Jack isn't seen on camera, although Bently has a one way telephone conversation with him at the end.



** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for [[Creator/GretaGarbo Garbo]].

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** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[Creator/ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for [[Creator/GretaGarbo Garbo]].Creator/{{G|retaGarbo}}arbo.



* ImThinkingItOver: TropeNamer.

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* ImThinkingItOver: TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* IncrediblyLamePun: The show was infested with puns. Most of the time, [[PungeonMaster Jack]] would use them as a part of his Self-Depreciation schtick. In the very early (1932-1935) years they played an especially large part of the show and were played much more straight than was later the case.



* JustForPun: The show was infested with puns. Most of the time, [[PungeonMaster Jack]] would use them as a part of his Self-Depreciation schtick. In the very early (1932-1935) years they played an especially large part of the show and were played much more straight than was later the case.



* RevealShot, or the radio equivalent.

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* RevealShot, or RevealShot: Or the radio equivalent.



** The various snarky characters (or perhaps a [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs single character who keeps changing jobs]]) played by Frank Nelson who Jack has to deal with.

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** The various snarky characters (or perhaps a [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands single character who keeps changing jobs]]) played by Frank Nelson who Jack has to deal with.


* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Don is quite fond of Jell-O, to the point one TV episode[[note}]Jell-O returned as sponsor during the early 60s[[/note]] had him ''[[UpToEleven threatening his wife with a divorce]]'' because she forgot to buy some Jell-O.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Don is quite fond of Jell-O, to the point one TV episode[[note}]Jell-O episode[[note]]Jell-O returned as sponsor during the early 60s[[/note]] had him ''[[UpToEleven threatening his wife with a divorce]]'' because she forgot to buy some Jell-O.

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