Election Comedy

“Election Comedy from the Golden Age of Radio” featuring:

The Hines Honey and Almond Cream Show with George Burns and Gracie Allen: “Government Jobs”

The Johnson Wax Program with Fibber McGee and Molly: “Election Day”

Original Air Dates: February 20, 1940; November 5, 1940

Performance Date: November 2, 2008

The legandary duo of George Burns and Gracie Allen first met and performed together in vaudeville in Newark, New Jersey in 1922. They subsequently married in 1926, and continued to perform together. Burns wrote most of the material and played the straight man to Allen's scatter-brained but loveable dimwit.

They first performed on radio in 1932, and by 1934 they had their own show, The Adventures of Gracie. Their show continued, under various names, including The Hines Honey and Almond Cream Show, throughout the 1940s. They eventually moved to television in 1950, where they remained until 1959. Their television program ran in syndication for many years following cancellation.

The episode presented here, “Government Jobs,” comes from a famous series of shows that were originally broadcats in 1940-1941 and centered on Gracie Allen's bid to become President.

Fibber McGee and Molly was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture.

The program featured James “Jim” Jordan as the foible prone Fibber and and Marian Driscoll as his patient, good-natured wife Molly. The show's humor centered on recurring gags and punchlines that sometimes would pop up again and again for years. When Fibber would tell a particularly bad joke, Molly's response was almost always “T'ain't funny, McGee!”—a catchprashe that became popular in the 1940s.

In this episode from 1940, chaos ensues when Fibber McGee and Molly run a polling place on Election Day.

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