It all started with this Metafile post.
First, the necessary background comes from Wikipedia. To put it simply, Victor Borge was a musical genius with a wicked comedy streak running through him. He combined the two to give us some of the funniest comedy routines of the 20th century.
Need proof? The all-time classic is “Inflationary Language.” The next time you refer to someone as having a “fivehead,” think back to this routine for the natural evolution of such tomfoolery.
It’s “Phonetic Punctuation,” though, that’s often the best remembered, as Borge explains his system to say punctuation marks out loud. When he reads the story using this system, it leaves the audience in hysterics.
The Victor Borge Birthday Gala DVD is also in stock today if you want to see the genius.
There is, of course, VictorBorge.com. It looks like a fan site that was run for about two days before the curator got bored and moved on.
And here’s something even I didn’t know about the man: 60-MINUTE GOURMET – New York Times
I was fascinated to read recently how Cornish hens were popularized in this country. In the 1950’s, Victor Borge, the pianist and comedian, raised the birds on a farm he owned in Connecticut and sold them dressed and ready for the oven. They are a cross between an American fowl, the Plymouth Rock hen, and a Cornish or Bantam rooster or small gamecock.
Borge was a genius in so many ways.