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Victor Borge and Dean Martin The Great Dane adapts his classic comedy routine of 'Phonetic Punctuation' to music in one of several appearances on the Dean Martin Variety Show. I first saw him on Ed Sullivan's Toast of The Town. He was such a class act! ***I've added some trivia in the Comments***
Tags: victor  borge  dean  martin    comedy 
Added: 3rd June 2008
Views: 2098
Posted By: Naomi
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-06-03 
- In the 1930's Borge started touring extensively in Europe, where he began telling anti-Nazi jokes. This led to Adolf Hitler placing the outspoken Jew on his list of enemies to the Fatherland.

- Even though he didn't speak a word of English upon arrival to the US, he quickly managed to adapt his jokes to the American audience, learning English by watching movies.

- Borge helped start several trust funds, including the Thanks to Scandinavia Fund, which was started in dedication to those who helped the Jews escape the German persecution during the war. Borge received Kennedy Center Honors in 1999.

- Borge died in Greenwich, Connecticut, after more than 75 years of entertaining. He died peacefully, in his sleep, the day after returning from a concert in Denmark and was interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich. A replica of the Danish icon The Little Mermaid sits on a large rock at the gravesite. 'It was just his time to go', his son Frederikke Borge said. He's been missing my mother terribly.'

Some memorable quotes:

'I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my children for making it necessary.'

'Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.'

'It's your language, I'm just trying to use it...'
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