Post by nerdherder51 on Apr 9, 2020 23:23:28 GMT -8
If you don't know his name or heard his comedy then your life is empty. Victor Borge was a truly talented musician and comedian. Born in Copenhagen to musicians Borge was quickly identified as a prodigy and gave his first recital at the age of eight. He was a classical pianist before developing his comedy routines. He was touring Europe when the Nazi's began their occupation of Denmark and he just barely escaped to the United States with his wife. Though unable to speak English when arriving the United States he quickly picked up the language by watching movies and promptly adapted his humor to American tastes. It wasn't long before Victor Borge was appearing in movies with high profile talents and soon hosted his own television show beginning in 1946. It was during this time that Borge introduced and began refining many of his trademarks that would become mainstays of his comedy routine.
Borge would go on to tour the world putting on as many as 60 stage shows every year, continuing until his death. Victor Borge was often times invited to play with or conduct famous orchestras throughout the world including the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Television appearances were frequent including Toast of the Town hosted by Ed Sullivan and later an appearance on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.
Linked below is The Best of Victor Borge presented in a pair of YouTube videos (labelled Act One and Act Two). The video is a recorded stage show performed in Minneapolis-St. Paul in the early 1990's when Victor Borge was already in his eighties. His charm, wit and comedic timing are as sharp as ever as he engages in his usual comedy routines including the much beloved skits Phonetic Punctuation (punctuation is given over-exaggerated sound effects) and Inflationary Language (a number, or anything that even remotely sounds like a number, in a sentence is increased by one).
While Victor Borge has long since passed away, his amazing humor and talent remains with us in this popular live performance that is one show stopper after another.
The Best of Victor Borge, Act One
The Best of Victor Borge, Act Two
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