The Last First Comic

TRT:90MINS•Language:ENGLISH•nGenre:DOCUMENTARY•nDirected by:JOHN C. BROWN& BART WILLIAMS•nWritten by:BART WILLIAMS Starring:IRVING BENSON, LILLIAN BENSON, SUZANNE CHARNEY
At age 101, comic Irving Benson stands alone as the oldest living link to an uniquely American art form - Burlesque. For more than half a century, Irv was a “first comic." He was the contemporary of great funny-men like Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Phil Silvers, and Jackie Gleason.nnAnd now, Irv’s the last one left. nnIrving headlines a cast of fellow veteran Burlesque and Vaudeville performers. Together with a team of theatre historians, they uncover the roots of American comedy and take us inside the colorful world of the Burlesque show.
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