Fred Allen

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Fred Allen (born John Florence Sullivan; May 31, 1894 – March 17, 1956) was an American comedian whose absurdist, topically pointed radio show (1932–1949) made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio.

His best-remembered gag was his long-running mock feud with friend and fellow comedian Jack Benny, but it was only part of his appeal;... more »

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  • ''I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.''
    Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. Letter, June 12, 1953, to comedian Groucho Marx.
  • ''California is a fine place to live—if you happen to be an orange.''
    Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. American Magazine (Dec. 1945).
  • ''Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.''
    Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. Quoted in Forbes (New York, August 1, 1967).
  • ''Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.''
    Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. Quoted in No People Like Show People, ch. 8, Maurice Zolotow (1951).
  • ''The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.''
    Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. Quoted in Paris After Dark, introduction, Art Buchwald (1954).
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