Navy during World War I and he often entertained the troops with his violin playing. Characters
Benny's comic persona changed in the course of his career. Benny's long radio career began on April 6 1932 when the NBC Commercial Program Department had him audition for the N.
Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century Benny portrayed character roles as a miser and playing the violin badly. Benny was known for comic timing and ability to create laughter with a pregnant pauses or single expression such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs popular from the 1930s to the 1960s were a major influence on the sitcom genre. In character he would be 39 years of age regardless of his actual age at the time.