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Fred Allen (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 so-called classic era of American
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; radio historian John
Dunning (in On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio) wrote that Allen was
radio's most admired comedian and most frequently censored. A master adlibber,
Allen often tangled with his network's executives (and often barbed them on the
air over the battles), while developing routines the style and substance of
which influenced contemporaries and futures among comic talents, including
Groucho Marx, Stan Freberg, Henry Morgan and Johnny Carson, but his fans also
included President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and novelists William Faulkner, John
Steinbeck and Herman Wouk (who began his career writing for Allen).
Ironically, in view of his often barbed observations of the medium, Fred Allen
was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for contributions to
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