Victor Borge at the White House


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An evening pause: Unfortunately the youtube link does not say when this happened, but based on one Borge joke I suspect it was during the Eisenhower administration.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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6 comments

  • Phill O

    Great entertainer!

  • danae

    Classic. Mr. Borge was playing the “Missouri Waltz,” so this performance would more likely have taken place in the Truman White House. It’s a shame, really; we’ve lost our innocence. I doubt that many comedians today could attain the popularity that Borge, Irwin Corey, and most of the best known did during the golden age of TV, relying on clever absurdities to entertain their audiences without resort to off-color or malicious remarks.

  • wayne

    Did some very brief searching but nothing in-depth; can somebody narrow down when this took place?
    (Looks like a kinescope of a TV broadcast)

  • danae

    Bob’s suspicion was correct. Apparently, this White House performance took place shortly after President Eisenhower’s inauguration in 1953. (That would account for all the White House pianos having been habituated to the strains of the Missouri Waltz.)

    https://doyouremember.com/12356/legendary-white-house-performances

  • wayne

    danae–
    Thank you!

  • danae

    You’re welcome, but the credit belongs to channel owners who showcase performances we weren’t able to enjoy until YouTube came along to offer them creative carte blanche.

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