Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music and Laughter!

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 8:00pm

Victor Borge

Borge Family Archive

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Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter!, airing Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), is a new special narrated by comedian Rita Rudner, featuring Victor Borge’s funniest and most memorable skits. This unparalleled collection, combined with rare archival footage from the Borge family vault, creates a program viewers will long remember.

Borge always said that “…a smile is the shortest distance between people …” and set about to bridge the gap through his comic musical performances. Recognized as one of the funniest performers the world has ever known, Borge fused one-liners, pratfalls, double-takes, and outrageous stage antics with pianistic mastery, creating a unique blend of comedy and music.

Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter! contains such classic comedy bits as the timeless “Phonetic Punctuation,” “Inflationary Language,” “Autumn Leaves” with Robert Merrill, “The Opera Singer” with Marylyn Mulvey and much, much more.

Hailed as a child prodigy, Borge began his performing career with a piano debut in 1926 at the age of 17. For eight decades, he was never out of the spotlight. “The Great Dane” of comedy, as the beloved international humorist and musician was known, was celebrated around the world.

Stay tuned for another musical genius in The Berlin Celebration Concert at 9:30 p.m. The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. To celebrate the global symbolism of this event, an historic concert of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was given in the Schauspielhaus concert hall in the former East Berlin on Christmas Day 1989, thanks to the organizational skills of world-renowned conductor Leonard Bernstein (and others).